Liquid Is Aqueous Patents (Class 426/431)
  • Patent number: 10383344
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for preparing a multi-texture, non-baked foodstuff having a first component with a first soluble solids ratio; and a second component with a second soluble solids ratio, wherein the second component is a non-baked foodstuff having at least 1% weight fraction of particulate matter having a particle size of about at least 100 ?m, including at least one setting agent and at least one texture-modifying particulate ingredient and having a gel strength of about at least 100 and a liquid weight fraction of about at least 35%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KRAFT FOODS GROUP BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Yeong-Ching Albert Hong, Richard Leshik, Zachary Caplan, Jimbay P. Loh
  • Patent number: 10376089
    Abstract: A system for preparing a brewed product, the system including a portion capsule containing an extraction material, and an extraction appliance for preparing the brewed product from the extraction material contained in the portion capsule. The extraction appliance has an injection device for introducing a brewing liquid into the portion capsule and an extraction device for driving an extraction product out of the portion capsule. The injection device and the extraction device define between them an accommodation space for the portion capsule. The extraction device has a pressure device, by which a wall of the portion capsule inserted in the accommodation space, which wall faces toward the extraction device, can be pressed in toward the capsule interior in order to compact the extraction material contained in the portion capsule before the injection device introduces brewing liquid into the portion capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QBO COFFEE GMBH
    Inventors: Louis Deuber, Rüdiger Ternité
  • Patent number: 10342838
    Abstract: The present disclosure embraces methodology and compositions for preparing pea seed coat fractions conferring improved health and/or other beneficial effects, and such fractions may be used in a human and/or animal diet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
    Inventors: Jocelyn Ozga, Catherine Chan, Alena Jin, Han Yang, Seyede Zohre Hashemi, Kaiyuan Yang
  • Patent number: 10336627
    Abstract: A water filter and infusion pitcher apparatus includes a pitcher housing, a water filter disposed within the pitcher housing, and an infusion apparatus disposed inside the pitcher housing and detachably connected to the water filter. The infusion apparatus constructed to contain and/or hold material such as, for example fruit, vegetables, tea, medicines, flavorings, vitamins, minerals, and/or other items to infuse, seep, and/or dissolve into a liquid within the pitcher housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Michael Poindexter
  • Patent number: 10182582
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing apparatus having a beverage chamber adapted to contain a liquid, an inlet adapted to allow the liquid to flow in but not out; a dispensing opening adapted to retain the liquid within the beverage chamber by capillary effect, the dispensing opening adapted to allow the liquid therethrough to flow out, such that the dispensing opening is subjected to a liquid pressure when the beverage chamber contains the liquid; and a pressure changer operable to decrease the liquid pressure at the dispensing opening; such that the pressure changer is adapted to decrease the liquid pressure when the liquid flows in so as to retain the liquid within the beverage chamber by surface tension of the liquid due to the capillary effect and ambient pressure at the dispensing opening. A method of dispensing the beverage, a beverage brewing apparatus and a method of brewing the beverage is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: XENTIQ PARTNERS PTE LTD
    Inventor: Ulrich Schraudolph
  • Patent number: 9814255
    Abstract: A method for preparing a purple sweet potato concentrate that is free from starch, rich in anthocyanins, phenolic compounds, minerals, and soluble dietary fiber with low viscosity, attractive color, and with natural sweetness is presented. The method first prepares and liquefies the purple sweet potatoes and fixes the colorization by adjusting the pH value. Next, amylase and an enzyme complex of hemicellulase, pectinase, cellulase, glucoamylase and protease are added in sequence under conditions effective to produce the juice with the above mentioned properties. The juice is then centrifuged and membrane-filtered to produce a purified purple sweet potato juice which is vacuum-concentrated to yield a purple sweet potato concentrate. Purple sweet potato powder can be obtained by vacuum drying the sediment and concentrate mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Darco Natural Products Inc.
    Inventors: Wang-Chan Wong, Jerry Wu, James-Jianguo Chen, Brien Quirk
  • Patent number: 9771398
    Abstract: Methods for producing a protein extract from cells, such as cells containing viral proteins, are provided. In general terms, the methods involve: increasing the pH of the cells to a pH of at least about pH 10.0 to produce an intermediate composition, and then, in the presence of a non-ionic detergent, neutralizing the pH of the intermediate composition to produce the protein extract. Kits and compositions for practicing the subject methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: Arbor Vita Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Stephen Lovell, Lydia Blank, Virginia Crews, Nancy Hasse, Peter Lu, Johannes Schweizer, John Mantlo
  • Patent number: 9675202
    Abstract: A receptacle holding unit (1) for a device for preparing a beverage from an ingredient contained in a receptacle (2) comprises: —a first part (10) with a first engagement arrangement (11); —a second part (20) that has a second engagement arrangement (21) pivotally movable relative to the first engagement arrangement (11) about a longitudinal axis (1?) between a closed position for holding the receptacle in such unit and an open position for inserting the receptacle into such unit and/or for removal therefrom; and —a piercing device (20C) having at least one piercing element (29) for piercing the receptacle (2), this device being assembled to and held by the second part. At least one piercing element (29) is off this axis (1?) and is angularly fixed relative to the first part (10) about this axis (1?) when the second engagement arrangement (21) is pivotally moved relative to the first engagement arrangement (11) about this axis (1?) between the closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Enzo Bonacci, Patrick Caprotti, Andrew Gunstone
  • Patent number: 9661869
    Abstract: A variety of toy polariscopes are simpler in design and less costly than precision instruments used in scientific research and stress analysis of materials and structures. The toy polariscopes are designed for a variety of objects that may exhibit photoelastic properties such as glass, plastic, Plexiglas, gel candle material and other gels, and even edible photoelastic objects. They are specially designed for objects of various sizes with a variety of purposes such as objects to enhance learning in a variety of conditions and experiences. Special objects are designed to go with the toy polariscopes such as edible and inedible photoelastic objects, photoelastic candle material, a variety of photoelastic/photoplastic stands capable of a variety of displays in interaction with other designed photoelastic objects capable of a variety of interaction and displays. Other optical phenomena may also be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Pamela Saha
  • Patent number: 9561900
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage preparation machine comprising a brew head for receiving beverage cartridges of various heights and means for passing an aqueous medium through said beverage cartridges to form a beverage from one or more beverage ingredients contained in said cartridges. The brew head comprising a first part and a second part, the first and second parts being movable relative to one another from an open position in which said beverage cartridges can be received in the brew head and a closed position in which said beverage cartridge can be fixedly retained in a brew head space defined between the first and second parts. Wherein in use, beverage cartridges of various heights may be clamped in the brew head space between a distal end of a clamping member and the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Nick Hansen
  • Patent number: 9462910
    Abstract: A receptacle holding unit (1) for a device for preparing a beverage from an ingredient contained in a receptacle (2). A first part (10) and a second part (20) are movable between a closed position for holding said receptacle and an open position for inserting said receptacle and/or for removal therefrom. A fastening arrangement comprises a locking member (30) movable between: —a locking position for preventing relative rotational movement of the first and second engagement surfaces (11, 21) when the parts (10, 20) are in the closed position; and —an unlocking position for allowing relative rotational movement of the of the first and second engagements surfaces (11, 21) and engagement and disengagement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Enzo Bonacci, Antoine Ryser, Jean-Luc Colantonio
  • Patent number: 9376351
    Abstract: Processes for preparing water soluble and oil soluble antioxidant compositions extracted together from Labiatae herbs in a single extraction using an alcohol and water solvent, followed by a simple, yet effective purification step that allows the separation of the water soluble antioxidative fractions containing mainly rosmarinic acid from antioxidative fractions containing mainly carnosic acid and carnosol, without cumbersome acid/base partitioning steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KALAMAZOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Nahas, Elizabeth Barren, Gregory S. Reynhout
  • Publication number: 20150147448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dispensing of a substance from a container by means of a dispensing apparatus. Specifically, the exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to (1) a container and (2) the automated method for opening such container and (3) the automated method of dispensing of the contents from such container into a customer receptacle or glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: La Vit Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gian Matteo Lo Foro, John R. Laverack, Yuanli Shentu, Kurt R. Weseman, George E. Riehm, Greg G. Weaver
  • Patent number: 9038530
    Abstract: A beverage machine for preparing and dispensing a hot beverage having a pump dispensing system. Hot water passes through a water distributor to infuse material in a filter basket. A coffee tank receives the brewed beverage and maintains it at an appropriate temperature. On demand, a pump dispensing system delivers the beverage through an outlet chamber and spout into a user's cup. The user manipulates a switch to vary the rate at which the pump dispensing system dispenses the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ENE HOLDINGS LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Kwan Fai Lui
  • Patent number: 9017749
    Abstract: A beverage flavoring apparatus comprising of an elongated tubular body, having at least three elongated hollow sections and a container for holding liquid flavor. The top hollow section is for suction and at least one of the hollow sections is adapted to receive liquid flavor and it has a smaller cross sectional area and shorter length which enables the flavoring liquid to be introduced into the beverage stream in minute quantity. The other hollow section is adapted to receive beverage. The container is mounted or loaded on the elongated tubular body so that the section adapted to receive liquid flavor is immersed in the liquid flavor while the other hollow section is dipped in a beverage. As oral suction is being applied, both the liquid flavor and the beverage are drawn up the tubular body and mixes at the hollow suction end before ingestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Babatope Sewande Ayeni
  • Patent number: 9011959
    Abstract: A novel canola protein isolate made predominantly of 2S canola protein and having equal to better solubility properties and improved clarity properties, has an increased proportion of 2S canola protein and a decreased proportion of 7S canola protein. The novel canola protein isolate is formed by heat treatment or isoelectric precipitation of aqueous supernatant from canola protein micelle formation and precipitation, to effect precipitation of 7S protein which is sedimented and removed. Alternatively, the novel canola protein isolate may be derived from a selective membrane procedure in which an aqueous canola protein solution containing 12S, 7S and 2S canola proteins is subjected to a first selective membrane technique to retain 12S and 7S canola proteins in a retentate, which is dried to provide a canola protein isolate consisting predominantly of 7S canola protein, and to permit 2S canola protein to pass through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Burcon Nutrascience (MB) Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Schweizer, Brent E. Green, Kevin I. Segall, Randy Willardsen
  • Publication number: 20150099051
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for making soup, stew or broth. The method utilizes a pre-filled seasoning bag of which is made from a liquid permeable material that allows flavor obtained from the spices and/or seasonings to escape there from yet retains the spices and/or seasonings therein while the soup is cooking. The seasoning bag may be sold independently or as a kit containing a variety of seasoning bags each containing a specific blend for preparing a specific soup, stew or broth. Also, the kit includes instructions for use of the seasoning bag and/or recipes therefore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Edvinas Grigonis
  • Patent number: 8999420
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to improvements in beverage/food product preparation systems and in particular to beverage/food product preparation systems having machines of the type which use pre-packaged cartridges containing beverage or food ingredients. The cartridge (30) contains one or more beverage or food ingredients for use in a machine for preparing a beverage or food product from said ingredients. The cartridge (30) includes a base (34), an outlet aperture (37) in the base (34), and a collar (38) extending from the cartridge base (34) around the outlet aperture (37). The cartridge (30) is inserted into a holding receptacle (14) of a machine the collar (38) interacts with an element (65) of the machine and the collar (38) is configured to determine the pressure in the cartridge (30) during the preparation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nick Andrew Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150093484
    Abstract: A system, method and capsule are usable for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system includes an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus including a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule includes a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The receptacle includes bottom piercing means intended for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating at least one entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule includes an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product there through. In use, the entrance filter is positioned at a distance from the bottom piercing means, such that the capsule of the system is not pierced by the bottom piercing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 8993028
    Abstract: The invention provides a process of purifying Rubusoside from the Rubus suavissimus S. Lee plant extract. The process is useful for producing high purity Rubusoside with purity greater than 95% (dry basis). High purity rubusoside is useful as in combination with other caloric and non-caloric sweeteners as well as non-caloric sweetener in various food and beverage compositions. The high purity rubusoside is useful as non-caloric sweetener in edible and chewable compositions such as any beverages, confectioneries, bakeries, cookies, chewing gums, and alike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: PureCircle Sdn Bhd
    Inventor: Avetik Markosyan
  • Patent number: 8993037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved process for the preparation of an extract enriched in dihydrochalcones, and more specifically enriched in phlorizin, starting from a dry polyphenolic fraction originating from industrial apple processing. The invention also relates to a dihydrochal-cone extract obtainable by this process, and to a food or a nutraceutical product comprising a dihydrochalcone extract of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Bettina Boehlendorf, Hubert Hug, Judith Kammerer, Claus Kilpert, Reinhold Carle
  • Patent number: 8993014
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an extract obtained by extracting useful components containing equol from an equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl, and to a method for producing the same. The present invention makes it possible to efficiently obtain useful components containing equol from the fermented soybean hypocotyl by subjecting an equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl to extraction using an ethanol aqueous solution as an extractant. The present invention reduces the content of saponin, which causes an unpleasant taste, by sequentially subjecting the equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl to extraction using an ethanol aqueous solution and ethanol, while efficiently extracting equol and glycitein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michiaki Tominaga, Takao Taki, Toshiaki Matsumoto, Izumi Hanya, Takuma Imada, Kunihiko Matsuoka, Takuya Kishimoto, Yuko Uchiyama, Hiromasa Tsuneishi, Machiko Tsuji, Tania Valdes-Gonzalez, Kentaro Tadano, Kyoko Kameda
  • Publication number: 20150079237
    Abstract: The present invention describes methods for preparing instant food and snacks and the making of an instant liquid meal or snack. The invention teaches a technique of preparing single-serve instant liquid and solid meals or snacks to be cooked in same container using commercial brewers and preparation equipment. A kit that contains dry food components that get cooked in the same container resulting in a liquid meal with solid particulates is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: ALY GAMAY, Chris Broadhurst
  • Publication number: 20150079224
    Abstract: Use of dietary fibre material extracted from sugar cane in the manufacture of a food product that is formulated to ameliorate the effects of diabetes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Malcolm Ball
  • Patent number: 8981081
    Abstract: Methods of preparing highly purified steviol glycosides, particularly Rebaudioside D, are described. The methods include purification from the extraction stage of the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni plant, purification of steviol glycoside mixtures, Rebaudioside D and Rebaudioside A from a commercial Stevia extract, and purification of Rebaudioside D from remaining solutions obtained after isolation and purification of Rebaudioside A and a high purity mixture of steviol glycosides. The methods are useful for producing high purity Rebaudioside D, Rebaudioside A, and steviol glycoside mixtures. The high purity steviol glycosides are useful as non-caloric sweeteners in edible and chewable compositions such as any beverages, confectioneries, bakery products, cookies, and chewing gums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: PureCircle USA Inc.
    Inventor: Avetik Markosyan
  • Publication number: 20150072058
    Abstract: One embodiment: A portable insulated beverage brewing device 10 for liquids and gravity fed method for brewing. A device 10, with lid 14 and vessel 12, may house insulation 52A and 52B, liner reservoir 50A and 50B, and filter 28 to brew hot or cold liquids and contain hot or cold liquids for controlled dispensing 26. A large capacity filter 28 secures inside the vessel 12 accepting brew mixtures for gravity fed brewing method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua Fors Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150072057
    Abstract: A delivery assembly for a machine for preparing liquids product by means of cartridges includes: an injector device, to let water and/or steam under pressure in the cartridge, an infusion chamber, facing the injector device and capable of receiving one said cartridge, retention element, capable of maintaining the cartridge in a position substantially coaxial to the infusion chamber and the injector device. The retention elements comprise: a support element of the cartridge, sustained in a displaceable way by the injector device in a part thereof that generally faces towards the outlet passage; and guiding elements mounted in a fixed position at generally opposite side parts of the injector device, that frontally protrude from the injector device and are capable of laterally constraining the cartridge to guide it until a position substantially coaxial to the infusion chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Luca Bugnano, Alberto Cabilli
  • Patent number: 8974846
    Abstract: A method of operating a beverage preparation machine, the beverage preparation machine being of the type comprising a brewer comprising: a reservoir containing water; a delivery head for receiving in use a cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients; a pump for pumping water from said reservoir to said delivery head; a primary heater for heating the water contained in said reservoir; a secondary heater in between the reservoir and the delivery head; a controller for controlling energization of the primary heater and the secondary heater; and wherein the controller operates to prevent energization of the primary heater simultaneous with energization of the secondary heater. An apparatus for carrying out the method is also disclosed and methods and apparatus utilizing first and second brewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Vincent Burton-Wilcock, David Paul Short, Paul John Newcombe
  • Patent number: 8968811
    Abstract: Hydroxytyrosol extracted from olives and/or from the solid residues of olives after the extraction of olive oil, by acid hydrolysis and purification on resin columns eluted with water contains hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol, is free from sugars, has a residual content of Benzo[a]pyrene that is less than 2 microg/Kg (weight BaP/weight of extract as dry matter), containing a weight ratio of hydroxytyrosol to hydroxymethylfurfural of between 45:1 and 10000:1, and the content of hydroxytyrosol in the extract is at least 0.5% (w/w) with purity of at least 40% (by HPLC 280 nm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Probelte Pharma, S.A.
    Inventors: Jose A. Lopez Mas, Sergio A. Streitenberger, Marcos Peñ{tilde over ( )}alver Mellado, Pedro Martinez Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150056352
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a capsule holder (8) for holding a closed capsule (9) in a beverage preparation machine (1), said capsule containing a beverage precursor ingredient, said machine being able to inject a fluid under pressure through a wall (11) of said capsule inside the latter such that said fluid and said precursor ingredient mix to make a beverage, said capsule holder (8) comprising a cup-shaped body (12) adapted to retain and hold said capsule, a handle (13), and guide means for removably inserting said capsule holder within said machine, wherein said capsule holder (8) further comprises pressure-releasing means (15) for releasing fluid pressure inside said capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Nihan Dogan, Frederic Doleac
  • Publication number: 20150050391
    Abstract: A capsule (1) for obtaining beverages is shown, comprising a side wall (5) and an entry surface (6) for the entrance of water under pressure into the capsule (1), wherein the side wall (5) and the entry surface (6) form the containment volume (V) for containing the infusion product (P). The entry surface (6) comprises one or more reduced thickness areas (3) so that, letting water under pressure flow against the entry surface (6), the one or more reduced thickness areas (3) open, so as to allow water under pressure to enter the capsule (1). The capsule (1) may further comprise one or more strengthening ribs (4) provided on the entry surface (6) so as to strengthen the entry surface (6) and simplify the opening of the reduced thickness areas (3) when water under pressure flows against the entry surface (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gino Rapparini
  • Publication number: 20150037470
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule for use in a device for preparing beverages. The invention also relates to an assembly of such a capsule and a device for preparing beverages. The invention further relates to a method for preparing beverages by making use of such an assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: BISERKON HOLDINGS LTD.
    Inventors: Sander Gordon Zweed, Jan Andreae, Antonio Giuseppe Perra, Mark Eric Anton Arthur Klep
  • Patent number: 8945657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for making a dehydrated pulp slurry comprising the steps of de-sugaring a pulp slurry, said de-sugaring process producing a pulp slurry with substantially no sugar content, and dehydrating said pulp slurry. The dehydrated pulp slurry produced by this process is such that, when reconstituted, the color, shape, and texture of the pulp contained therein is substantially the same as it was prior to undergoing the dehydrating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: James J. Wang, Douglas A. Bippert
  • Patent number: 8945647
    Abstract: A process of preparing a beverage from a beverage preparation chamber includes feeding water to the preparation chamber until a first pressure is reached, interrupting the flow of water to the preparation chamber, holding the preparation chamber in a closed condition for a first time interval, opening the outlet of the preparation chamber and delivering the thus prepared beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tuttoespresso S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Doglioni Majer
  • Publication number: 20150030738
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement of the filter unit in beverage makers. Said filter unit comprises a filter insert and a filter lock, can be placed as a whole onto and removed from the brewing container, and at the same time ensures good sealing of all components. For improved handling, the brewing chamber can be filled and closed outside of the beverage-maker, wherein the particularly large depth of the filter insert offers significant assistance. Closing the brewing chamber by means of the filter closure prevents the beverage base material from oozing out due to a ring engaging in the filter insert and additionally ensures its adequate sealing. By widening the brewing chamber, the beverage-making machine provides a consistent quality of the beverages with of different fill levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Hendrik Sebastian Meyl
  • Patent number: 8936819
    Abstract: A receptacle holding unit (1) for a device for preparing a beverage from an ingredient contained in a receptacle (2) having: —a first part (10); —a second part (20) that is movable towards the first part, in particular along a longitudinal axis (1?), into a closed position for holding the receptacle in such unit and relatively apart from the first part into an open position for inserting the receptacle into such unit and/or for removal therefrom; —a fastening device (11, 21) having a fastened configuration for fastening together the first and second parts (10, 20) in the closed position and an unfastened configuration such to enable movement of the first and second parts out of the closed configuration; and —an actuator (30) movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration to drive the first part and the second part between the open and the closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alexandre Perentes, Enzo Bonacci, Patrick Caprotti, Andrew Gunstone
  • Publication number: 20150017290
    Abstract: A capsule suited to contain inside it a powdered product e.g. powdered coffee) for the preparation of an infusion. The capsule comprises a container closed by a lid. The container is provided with at least a filter of the powdered product/hot water infusion. The capsule is characterized in that it comprises: a central feeding device for feeding a hot liquid according to a substantially vertical direction; said hot liquid being suited to obtain an infusion with said powdered product; and a deflecting device, which is arranged transverse to the hot liquid flow coming from said central feeding device; said deflecting device being supported by the bottom of said container by means of a support device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Raffaele Rondelli
  • Publication number: 20150017316
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing carrot pectin wherein carrot is extracted with water at a temperature of below 100° C. under conditions with a pH of between 2 and 5, inclusive. The carrot pectin obtained by this production method exhibits excellent dispersion stability for proteins in a wide pH range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Akihiro Nakamura, Junko Tobe
  • Publication number: 20150017308
    Abstract: A process for preparing a flavour composition having an umami flavour/taste and a MSG content of less than 1 wt % (% weight by total dry matter) comprising the steps of: a) heating vegetable matter in water at any given temperature to give cooking water containing flavour-active compounds water extracted from the vegetable matter; b) separating the vegetable matter from the cooking water; and c) concentrating the cooking water to provide the flavour composition. Claims are also directed to the composition obtainable from the process and to food products such as soups and snacks including the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Silke Schopp, Gert Bormann, Dirk Jacobus Maritz, Helge Fritsch, Gregory Schmauch, Karoline Michaela Schmid, Stephanie Thillard Schweizer
  • Publication number: 20150017297
    Abstract: A process for infusing a consumable substance is described. The process includes the steps of placing a desired amount of an infusion material into a chamber at atmospheric pressure, placing a desired amount of consumable substance into said chamber, sealing said chamber from the surrounding atmosphere, and applying at least one reduced pressure cycle within said chamber. Methods for separating the infusion material from the consumable substance after completion of the infusion process are also described. In addition, devices for infusing liquids or consumable substances, and/or brewing beverages are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Dean J. Vastardis, Lou Vastardis
  • Patent number: 8931398
    Abstract: A modular infuser includes a back plate assembly containing drive mechanisms and supporting a belt assembly, and infusing and mixing chambers. The belt assembly includes rollers rotating a continuous filter belt in either direction, an annular seal, and a funnel directing liquid to a removable, rotatable spout. The infusing chamber moves between having the bottom clamped to the seal through the filter belt and being spaced apart from the filter belt to allow waste removal by rotation of the filter belt. The mixing chamber receives and mixes ingredient and water, passing the mixture into the infusing chamber below. Replacement of the filter belt with different mesh sizes and of the removable spout with different inner diameters allows the mechanism to be easily adapted for different beverages, such as coffee or tea. Multiple instances of the modular infuser may be mounted in a single vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crane Merchandising Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Overton, Ian Binder
  • Publication number: 20150010680
    Abstract: The invention proposes a portion capsule for producing a beverage, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element comprising a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Patent number: 8927040
    Abstract: An extraction device (110) for extracting at least one ingredient from a biological sample (112) is disclosed, specifically for extracting metabolites from a plant specimen. The extraction device (110) has at least one liquid charger (116) which is adapted to be brought in contact with a first side (122) of the sample (112). The liquid charger (116) is adapted to apply an extraction liquid (128), specifically at least one solvent, to the first side (122) of the sample (112). The extraction device (110) further has at least one sampling device (118) which is adapted to be brought in contact with a second side (124) of the sample (112). The sampling device (118) is adapted to collect sample fluid (126) comprising the extraction liquid (128) and the ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: BASF Plant Science Company GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Brand, Karl Henn, Sven Mahler, Ralf Looser
  • Publication number: 20150004288
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing hot beverages using a beverage system integrated into a faucet. The faucet- integrated beverage system can include a hot water reservoir mounted under a countertop and fluidly coupled to a cold water supply line. The temperature and fill level in the hot water reservoir can be controlled using control circuitry provided on a circuit board communicatively coupled to the hot water reservoir and one or more sensors. A beverage supply line can extend from the hot water reservoir to a beverage dispensing unit, which can be coupled to the faucet or mounted on the faucet deck. The beverage system can also include an activation button mounted on the faucet or the faucet deck and communicatively coupled to the control board for initiating a brewing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: James McHale
  • Publication number: 20140377427
    Abstract: A beverage maker comprises a water reservoir (1) and a beverage extract holder (2) which is adapted to accommodate an amount of beverage extract, whether contained in a filter or not, which is suitable for containing an amount of fluid, which has at least one outlet opening (4) for letting out beverage, and which is arranged at a position for receiving water from an outlet opening (3) of the water reservoir (1). Furthermore, the beverage maker comprises a movably arranged water flow restriction member (6) which is mechanically connected to the beverage extract holder (2), such that an increasing weight of the beverage extract holder (2) causes an increasing restriction of the outlet opening (3) of the water reservoir (1). If so required, the outlet opening (3) of the water reservoir (1) may be completely blocked in order to prevent the beverage extract holder (2) from overflowing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: ELZE DEODAAT HIDDING
  • Patent number: 8916220
    Abstract: A portion capsule for producing a beverage is proposed, having a capsule body with a capsule base and a filling side, with a cavity for accommodating a pulverulent or liquid beverage base being formed between the capsule base and the filling side, with a filter element being arranged between the beverage base and the capsule base, and with the filter element having a non-woven which is arranged in the region of the capsule base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: K-Fee System GmbH
    Inventor: Gotthard Mahlich
  • Patent number: 8906435
    Abstract: A system for preparing a beverage includes an exchangeable capsule, an apparatus including a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule includes a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The receptacle includes bottom piercing means for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating an entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule includes an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product therethrough. The filter is a multi-layer filter including at least a first layer and a second layer bonded together. The first layer has a higher tear strength than the second layer and the second layer has a higher stiffness than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea Post van Loon, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20140356510
    Abstract: Pulse proteins of reduced astringency are obtained by fractionating pulse protein products which are completely soluble and heat stable in aqueous media at acid pH value of less than about 4.4 into lower molecular weight, less astringent proteins and higher molecular weight, more astringent proteins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Schweizer, Sarah Medina, Kevin I. Segall
  • Patent number: 8900645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an extract obtained by extracting useful components containing equol from an equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl, and to a method for producing the same. The present invention makes it possible to efficiently obtain useful components containing equol from the fermented soybean hypocotyl by subjecting an equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl to extraction using an ethanol aqueous solution as an extractant. The present invention reduces the content of saponin, which causes an unpleasant taste, by sequentially subjecting the equol-containing fermented soybean hypocotyl to extraction using an ethanol aqueous solution and ethanol, while efficiently extracting equol and glycitein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michiaki Tominaga, Takao Taki, Toshiaki Matsumoto, Izumi Hanya, Takuma Imada, Kunihiko Matsuoka, Takuya Kishimoto, Yuko Uchiyama, Hiromasa Tsuneishi, Machiko Tsuji, Tania Valdes-Gonzalez, Kentaro Tadano, Kyoko Kameda
  • Patent number: 8900648
    Abstract: Processes for controlling strength of an extracted beverage including providing a pseudo packed bed of an extractable beverage material and contacting at least one liquid extraction stream with the pseudo packed bed of beverage material at a selected depth to obtain at least one zone of minimum extraction and at least one zone of maximum extraction. As the depth at which the liquid extraction stream is introduced into the packed bed increases, the zone of minimum extraction increases and the zone of maximum extraction decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Folger Coffee Company
    Inventors: Paul Ralph Bunke, Alisa Anne Bolinger, Jianjun Justin Li, Athula Ekanayake