From Extrusion Zone Using Mechanical Pressure Patents (Class 426/448)
  • Patent number: 10136653
    Abstract: The flavor and texture of a ground bran and germ component or fraction is improved by subjecting the ground bran and germ component to heating while conveying and mixing the ground bran and germ component in a conveying and mixing device. The heating may be conducted to heat the bran and germ component or fraction to a temperature of from about 285° F. to about 410° F. to volatilize volatile wheaty flavor components and moisture in the ground bran and germ component and to develop a buttery, nutty, caramelized flavor in the bran component. The wheaty flavor components and moisture are removed from the mixing and conveying device during the heat treatment. The use of substantial moisture reduction with high temperature heating at a low moisture content provides flavor development while reducing wheatiness, graininess, or rawness, and also achieves lipase inhibition and stabilization against rancidity from free-fatty acid production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Bin Zhao, Sarwat Gabriel, Lynn Haynes, Francois Errandonea
  • Patent number: 9924724
    Abstract: Visually distinct, flaked Ready-to-Eat (“R-T-E”) cereal products with varied texture and thickness are produced by forming a cereal dough and forcing the same through an extrusion die assembly including various spaced openings which establish a plurality of dough streams which are merged prior to reaching a die outlet. Directly at the die outlet, a resulting dough extrudate is sliced by a cutter unit to form dough discs which are then dried and cooled, during which the discs curl and form cereal flakes having varying textures defined, at least in part, by distinct sets of surface bumps. The number and configuration of the bumps can be altered by changing the number, shape and/or position of the various spaced openings of the die assembly, while the thicknesses of the resulting cereal flakes can be varied by just altering an operational speed of the cutter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Barmack Rassi, Steven C Robie, James N Weinstein
  • Patent number: 9848630
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a puffed and extruded popcorn product synthesized from cornmeal. The popcorn product is similar in appearance, texture and flavor to that of a regular popcorn. A cornmeal is mixed with water to obtain a mixture. The cornmeal is cooked under high temperature and pressure. The cornmeal is passed to the die holes provided at the end of the extruder by the hammer type twin extrusion screws. The corn is extruded out of the holes at a high velocity to obtain a corn product of irregular shape. The corn product into several pieces of desired length by a cutter. The cut pieces are dried with a drier before packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Saeid Yousef Zadeh
  • Patent number: 9707728
    Abstract: A device according to various embodiments for preparing wet grain can include at least a first screw configured to receive wet grain. A second screw receives the wet grain from the first screw. At least one of a compressing element and a dehydrating element is included with at least one of the first screw and the second screw to cause a physical property change to the wet grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONWIDE 5, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9028901
    Abstract: Methods of preparation and improved oat based puffed R-T-E or breakfast cereal products resulting there from with reduced sodium levels that provide good cooked grain flavor relative to other low or no sodium cooked cereal products and that approach the quality of higher sodium level products are provided. The methods include formulating cooked cereal doughs with minimal levels of sodium chloride and including a blend of potassium chloride and choline chloride. The cooked cereal dough is formed into pellets and gun puffed to form puff products having a total pyrazine content of at least 200 ppm. The puffed products are topically coated with saline solution and dried to provide the present improved low sodium high flavor finished breakfast cereal products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Iannazzo, Sarah Woodling Houle
  • Patent number: 8956679
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a starch composition with high total dietary fiber (TDF) that retains its TDF upon processing. In particular, over 50% of such fiber is retained upon extrusion processing. Such starch is useful in the manufacture of high fiber food products, including extruded products such as breakfast cereals and snacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Corn Products Development Inc.
    Inventors: Monika Okoniewska, Ian L. Brown, Wolfgang Bindzus, Ralph M. Trksak
  • Patent number: 8936822
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for manufacturing an animal feed or a foodstuff, comprising the steps of (i) preparing at least one first stream of material and at least one second stream of material, (ii) dispersing the second stream of material in the first stream of material in a laminar fashion in a device for at least partially incompletely blending the first and second streams of material, so that the second stream of material is distributed in the first stream of material preferably in the form of droplets ranging in size from 0.3 mm to 8 mm, (iii) discharging the first stream of material containing the second stream of material in the form of droplets through a nozzle, and (iv) solidifying the first stream of material containing the second stream of material in the form of droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventor: Johannes P. Schlebusch
  • Patent number: 8808783
    Abstract: A method for making a snack product having a target shape from expandable pellets is disclosed. The snack product is formed into a target shape by expanding the pellets inside a mold. As the pellets expand inside the mold, the mold walls restrain the pellets expansion in the direction normal to the mold wall surface. The pellets also adhere to one another as they expand. An edible binder material can be included to facilitate such adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando Ramirez, Roberto Guzman, Anamaria Garcia, Antonio Pacheco
  • Patent number: 8802177
    Abstract: Preparing soluble oat or barley flour in one-step using an extrusion (continuous cooking) process to dextrinize and gelatinize cook the oat or barley flour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: Robert Chatel, Yongsoo Chung, Justin French
  • Patent number: 8795754
    Abstract: Preparing soluble oat or barley flour in one-step using an extrusion (continuous cooking) process to dextrinize and gelatinize cook the oat or barley flour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: Robert Chatel, Yongsoo Chung, Justin French
  • Patent number: 8652547
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing cores of granules intended for animal nutrition, the said cores comprising: a hydrophilic active principle present in an active content of greater than or equal to 60% by weight, at least one meltable binder, at least one plasticizer, the said process comprising (a) a first step of mixing of the ingredients, (b) a second step of extrusion of the mixture through an extruder, especially a single-screw or twin-screw extruder, equipped with one or more dies, so as to obtain rods, and (c) a third step of spheronization of the rods, the said process being characterized in that a preliminary dry co-grinding of the ingredients is performed before extruding the mixture, the said co-grinding being performed at a temperature of not more than 50° C. The present invention also relates to a process for preparing granules of hydrophilic active principle comprising the said cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Adisseo France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Dollat, Véronique Chiavazza
  • Patent number: 8652555
    Abstract: A method for producing a high density compact livestock feed from a loose granular material may include feeding distiller grain into a loading zone and passing the distiller grain into a heating zoned comprising one or more heaters and a rotating screw. The method further includes rotating the screw to transfer the treated material through the heating zone while increasing the compressive force applied to the treated material. The method may further include pressing the treated material through a compression enclosure that simultaneously applies a transverse force and a parallel force onto the treated material to form a high density compact body. The method may then include a cooling process and an extraction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8642109
    Abstract: The present invention relates to food materials containing a high concentration of protein and processes for their manufacture. More particularly, the present invention relates to protein extrudates containing high concentrations of soy protein, dairy protein, and mixtures thereof and low concentrations of carbohydrates, processes for manufacturing such protein extrudates, and the use of such protein extrudates as functional food ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Solae, LLC
    Inventors: Craig R. Baumer, Santiago Solorio, Phillip I. Yakubu
  • Publication number: 20130309384
    Abstract: Formulation choices and/or process parameters can be used to modify the texture of extrusion cooked food products. Interactions between formulation choices and process parameters may be used in concert to produce extrusion cooked food products of low density and low hardness. Low density and low hardness may make the kibble texture easier or more pleasant to chew or swallow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Maria Dolores Martinez-Serna Villagran, Isoken Omosefe Airen, Joan Helen Mooney, Gregory William Duritsch, William Christopher Schildknecht
  • Patent number: 8563065
    Abstract: Extruded, directly expanded, high fiber reduced calorie food products, such as a ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal or sweet or savory snack, are produced at high production rates without substantial loss of extrusion functionality and extrudability by replacing a substantial portion of at least one flour with a gelatinized, enzyme-resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent as a reduced-calorie, high fiber flour replacer. The resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent contains an enzyme-resistant starch type III having a melting point with an endothermic peak temperature of at least about 140° C., and may have a water-holding capacity of less than 3 grams water per gram of the starch-based bulking agent. The total dietary fiber retention of the gelatinized, starch-based bulking agent may be at least about 90% by weight after extrusion using a die temperature of least about 100° C., and a die pressure of at least about 150 psig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jeanny E. Zimeri, Lynn Haynes, Allan R. Olson, Vijay Kumar Arora, Louise Slade, Harry Levine, Meera Kweon
  • Patent number: 8524308
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique for producing a tea wherein water-insoluble components of tea leaves have been made soluble in water and the natural umami components inherent to tea leaves have been increased. It also provides a technique for manufacturing a tea-based alcoholic drink which has “tea leaf-origin aroma”, “umami and body” and “mild alcoholic aftertaste” in a good balance. Tea leaves are processed with an extruder at a temperature of 80 to 150° C. and under a pressure of 0.2 to 30 MPa for 5 to 600 sec while supplying 1 to 100 parts by weight, per 100 parts by weight of the tea leaves, of water or an aqueous sugar solution, Thus, a processed tea leaf product is stably produced while avoiding blowout from the outlet. A tea extracted from this processed tea leaf product shows a significantly improved taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Suntory Beverage & Food Limited
    Inventors: Koji Nagao, Koichi Nakahara, Hideki Maki, Mika Kimura
  • Patent number: 8496985
    Abstract: An animal protein-based dog treat has a soft crunch and a stable shelf life without use of an appreciable amount of sodium or chemical preservatives. A method of producing the dog treat entails use of extrusion and heating processes to trap moisture in the interior of the dog treat, and then to expand and evaporate the moisture. This process creates in an internal portion of the dog treat voids or air pockets that provide desired texture and strength characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Trident Seafood Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Langford
  • Patent number: 8404290
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a method for shaping at least one food product by cryoextrusion, the extruder being provided with a double-walled jacket surrounding the extrusion screw and through which jacket a coolant flows, this jacket consisting of a single module or several independent modules, the cryoextrusion being temperature-regulated on the basis of a curve, determined for said product to be cryoextruded, representing, plotted on the X-axis, the difference D between the actual temperature of the product and the desired temperature setting for the product at the exit and, plotted on the Y-axis, the setting to be applied for the gas temperature at the exit of the module or modules, the curve being split into three linear zones: an abrupt (steep-slope) zone, around a difference D close to 0, surrounded by two quasi-plateau zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Franck Cousin, Willy Frederick, Pierre Kowalewski, Didier Alo
  • Patent number: 8399038
    Abstract: An inexpensive heat treatment method for producing dried microbial cells is provided, wherein the method does not result in lowering the quality of the microbial cells or causing pulverization. The method includes a step of heating microbial cells to between 200 to 450° C. for 1 to 30 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Nakazawa, Togo Hotta, Hiroyuki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130040040
    Abstract: A food product and method are provided. The food product is a crisp expanded proteinacious food product characterized by an absence of objectionable protein fiber formation. The product is puffed to provide a low density while providing a good eating texture. The product may be coated to provide additional flavors and/or nutrients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: SOLAE, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Fannon, Phillip I. Yakubu
  • Patent number: 8293308
    Abstract: A method for producing wafers by extrusion comprising the steps of a. Preparing an ingredient mix b. Feeding the mix in an extruder and cooking the mix c. Extruding the cooked mix such that an extruded and expanded non-planar structure is formed d. Unfolding the structure to give a large extruded sheet e. Subjecting the extruded sheet to stretching/pulling f. Adjusting the sheet in order to obtain a desired thickness g. Drying the sheet h. Separating the sheet into wafers of desired dimensions The invention also relates to the wafers thus produced and to a wafer production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Dautremont, Rodolfo De Acutis, Hugo Piguet
  • Patent number: 8293317
    Abstract: A food product and method are provided. The food product is a crisp expanded proteinacious food product characterized by an absence of objectionable protein fiber formation. The product is puffed to provide a low density while providing a good eating texture. The product may be coated to provide additional flavors and/or nutrients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventors: John E. Fannon, Phillip I. Yakubu
  • Patent number: 8163324
    Abstract: An extruded, directly expanded, high fiber reduced calorie food product, such as a ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal or sweet or savory snack, is produced at high production rates without substantial loss of extrusion functionality and extrudability by replacing a substantial portion of at least one flour with a gelatinized, enzyme-resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent as a reduced-calorie, high fiber flour replacer. The resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent contains an enzyme-resistant starch type III having a melting point with an endothermic peak temperature of at least about 140° C., and may have a water-holding capacity of less than 3 grams water per gram of the starch-based bulking agent. The total dietary fiber retention of the gelatinized, starch-based bulking agent may be at least about 90% by weight after the extrusion using a die temperature of least about 100° C., and a die pressure of at least about 150 psig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jeanny E. Zimeri, Lynn Haynes, Allan R. Olson, Vijay Kumar Arora, Louise Slade, Harry Levine, Meera Kweon
  • Patent number: 8158179
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the continuous production of an expanded edible food product obtained by cooking-extrusion and containing solid inclusions having a size larger than 0.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Clextral
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Bouvier, Daniel Durand, Gilles Maller, Anne Perenon
  • Patent number: 7883735
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a substantially spiral shaped food product is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a die defining a plurality of apertures disposed in a circle about a center. The apparatus also includes at least one cutting blade disposed for rotation about the center and operable to intermittently pass fully across each of the apertures during rotation. The apparatus also includes a plurality of slicing blades arranged for individual rotation about one of the plurality of apertures. The plurality of slicing blades are also arranged for continuous extension less than fully across the one aperture. The apparatus also includes a planetary coupling arrangement operably disposed to facilitate reciprocating rotation between the at least one cutting blade and the plurality of slicing blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: Chris Willoughby, Charles A. Smith, Norbert Gimmler
  • Patent number: 7851009
    Abstract: The present invention provides a meat-like food material having a favorable flavor and a meat-like mouthfeel by heating and pressurizing ingredients including a vegetable protein ingredient, a milk whey protein ingredient and water as the main ingredients with an extruder to obtain a swollen product, and a fried meat-like food product by reconstituting said meat-like food material with a seasoning liquid followed by frying, as well as a glazed fried meat-like food product by coating said fried meat-like food product with a glaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Oil Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Nakano, Nozomi Harada, Hirohumi Kugitani
  • Publication number: 20100151099
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method or processing technique as well as the product achieved there from for the manufacturing of high protein, high fiber, low carbohydrate snacks, cereals, and food items in which the end product will demonstrate low bulk density and/or a light crunchy texture. The product may be made up of mixtures of various sources of proteins such as Milk protein, Whey protein, Soya protein, Meat protein mixed with various portions of grains and hydrocolloids and processed in such manner where the product, utilizing the incorporation of various gasses into the plasticizing agent and then distributed within the matrix under low or high pressure such as cooking extrusion or forming extruder for the purpose of expanding the matrix of the food when exiting the die and the pressure is released. During the baking process, such expansion takes place when the gas infused plasticizer is distributed within the dough and further expands within the dough as it is being baked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Massoud Kazemzadeh
  • Patent number: 7713565
    Abstract: A process for preparing an instant beverage is provided which includes heating a dried soluble coffee under sufficient pressure thereby forcing gas into internal voids of the dried coffee. The heated dried soluble coffee is cooled and depressurized to produce a dried soluble coffee having internal voids filled with pressurized gas. An instant dry beverage comprising soluble coffee having internal voids filled with pressurized gas is also provided, and this product is advantageous in that it produces a beverage with foam on its surface when reconstituted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bary Lyn Zeller, Stefano Ceriali, Alan Gundle
  • Patent number: 7666460
    Abstract: A process for producing a set expanded foodstuff comprises the step of passing a soft expanded foodstuff composition at a first temperature and a first pressure into a setting region at a second temperature, the second temperature being lower than said first temperature. The soft expanded foodstuff composition is cooled and set in the setting region at a second pressure which is lower than said first pressure. A process for producing a set expanded foodstuff, comprises the steps of passing a soft foodstuff composition which may be in at least a partially expanded condition and which contains a vaporisable expandingagent, at a first temperature and a first pressure into a setting region at a second temperature, said second temperature being lower than said first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cadbury Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Joseph Keogh
  • Patent number: 7648723
    Abstract: An extruded, directly expanded, high fiber reduced calorie food product, such as a ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal or sweet or savory snack, is produced at high production rates without substantial loss of extrusion functionality and extrudability by replacing a substantial portion of at least one flour with a gelatinized, enzyme-resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent as a reduced-calorie, high fiber flour replacer. The resistant starch type III ingredient or bulking agent contains an enzyme-resistant starch type III having a melting point with an endothermic peak temperature of at least about 140° C., and may have a water-holding capacity of less than 3 grams water per gram of the starch-based bulking agent. The total dietary fiber retention of the gelatinized, starch-based bulking agent may be at least about 90% by weight after the extrusion using a die temperature of least about 100° C., and a die pressure of at least about 150 psig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jeanny E. Zimeri, Lynn Haynes, Allan Olson, Vijay Kumar Arora, Louise Slade, Harry Levine, Meera Kweon
  • Patent number: 7588789
    Abstract: High-capacity extrusion die assemblies (20, 90, 130, 140, 180, 252) each having a tubular sections (44, 146, 162, 268) and an elongated, axially rotatable, helically flighted screw section (56, 56a, 152, 168, 276, 278) which cooperatively define frustoconical, outwardly diverging material flow paths (75, 160, 291) at constant or differing divergence angles of from about 1-11°. The use of diverging tubular sections (44, 146, 162, 268) and screw sections (56, 56a, 152, 168, 276, 278) permits the use of larger die plates (76, 118, 292) with an increased number of die openings (80, 124, 296). This allows significant increases in extrusion production rates. The die assemblies (20, 90, 130, 140, 180, 252) can be used in the production of a wide number of human foods or animal feeds, and particularly aquatic feeds of the floating or sinking variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Kearns, Galen J. Rokey, Philip B. Wiltz, Anthony L. Bruning, Lafe N. Bailey
  • Patent number: 7582322
    Abstract: Granulated bean paste or “miso” is made by partially drying uncooked bean paste by vacuum freeze drying, thoroughly mixing and then storing the semi-dried bean paste in an isothermal chamber at a substantially consistent temperature within the range of 15° C. to 20° C. for a few days to homogenize the water content in the semi-dried bean paste, then extruding the semi-dried bean paste into an elongated form, and finally cutting and breaking the bean past material to obtain fine particles of granulated bean paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Kanesa Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Abo
  • Publication number: 20090208623
    Abstract: An apparatus for making puffed food products from starch-containing raw materials. The apparatus has a baking and molding chamber defined by several heatable mold elements. The mold elements are individually actuated by direct hydraulic drive systems. The hydraulic power for these drive systems is selectively derived from a common oil pressure supply system which provides continuously high oil pressure to the direct hydraulic drive system for each mold element. The apparatus also has an improved feed system enabling the supply of raw material into the mold cavity such that no material gets spilled and each mold receives an accurate predetermined quantity of raw material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: IDEAL SNACKS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven Van Poucke
  • Publication number: 20090155447
    Abstract: The present invention relates to food materials containing a high concentration of vegetable protein and omega-3 fatty acids and processes for their manufacture. More particularly, the present invention relates to protein extrudates containing high concentrations of soy protein and omega-3 fatty acids, processes for manufacturing such protein extrudates, and the use of such protein extrudates as food ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Solae, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua J. Moore, Santiago Solorio
  • Patent number: 7527816
    Abstract: A re-hydration supplement composition particularly suitable to counteract dehydration stresses in mature bovine mammals in the form of a pelletized feed supplement is disclosed which includes relatively large fractions of carbohydrates including saccharides, cationic and anionic electrolytes and a minor amount of betaine osmolyte. A process for pelleting is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Techmix, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter H. Franz, Martin J. Nelson, Michael L. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20080206434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid product comprising an extrudable mixture of an oil in water emulsion and a solid matrix. The solid product may be used in foodstuff e.g. as a beverage additive or as an instant beverage products or. The present invention further provides an oil in water emulsion that is stable under the conditions required to prepare such a solid product. Furthermore, in contrast to traditional spray- and freeze-dried powder based foodstuff additives like creamers, the solid product of the present invention spontaneously disperses when added to a aqueous media, i.e. stirring is not required. Furthermore, it may generate a foam without any foaming agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Peter Erdmann, Werner Pfaller, Giovanna Armida Ines Maurer, Peter Fankhauser
  • Patent number: 7316827
    Abstract: The subject invention, therefore, comprises pasta noodles that have wheat grain and non-wheat grain in sufficient quantities as will form a matrix to provide the appropriate texture to the pasta noodles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Standard Foods Corporation
    Inventor: Shing-Jung Wang
  • Patent number: 7297357
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing puffed snack having a hard surface layer and soft inside, and having a good texture and a difference in color tone between the surface layer and the inside. After spraying a coating liquid or water onto the surface of a dough extruded from an extruder in the form of a rope, the extrudate is dried so that the moisture content of the sprayed extrudate becomes 5 to 12% by weight and then cut. The apparatus used for this manufacturing method comprises a spray device for uniformly spraying the surface of the dough extruded from a nozzle hole of an extruder, a drying device arranged on the downstream side of the driving device, a drawing mechanism comprising belts spanned in a tensioned state so as to clamp the extrudate, a holding cylinder for holding the extrudate and arranged adjacently on the downstream side of the drawing mechanism, and a cutting blade arranged in close proximity to the outlet side opening of the holding cylinder to cut the extrudate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Akimoto, Takahiro Miura, Taisuke Yamane
  • Patent number: 7235276
    Abstract: Disclosed are ready-to-eat puffed dried food products that are high both in protein and in fiber. The cereals contain sufficient amounts of at least one protein ingredient to provide a total protein content about 50% to 75% (dry weight) of the cooked food product; sufficient amounts of at least one dietary fiber ingredient to provide a total fiber content of about 1-45% (dry weight); and sufficient amounts of a starch containing ingredient to provide a starch content of about 5-45%. The food products have a crush strength raging from about 0.25 to 3.5 kg/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: General Mills IP Holdings II, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Allen, Gregory Flickinger, Terry T. Kirihara, Steven C. Robie
  • Patent number: 7172771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for preparing red ginseng and puffed snack enriched with red ginseng, from raw ginseng or white ginseng, using an extrusion process. The red ginseng and red ginseng powder prepared according to the present invention can be produced at larger amounts within a shorter time period than those of the conventional method for preparing red ginseng. In addition, since the red ginseng and red ginseng powder of the present invention need not to be subjected to an additional powdering step, they may be directly used as a raw material of secondary processed red ginseng products. Furthermore, as the directly puffed snack and indirectly puffed pellet prepared according to the method of present invention contain a high concentration of red ginseng, they may be used for light meals and cocktail appetizers while providing a health promotion effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Gi-Hyung Ryu
  • Patent number: 7134861
    Abstract: An extrusion nozzle including an outlet port having a single opening with a first region, second region, and a pinched region between the two. The pinched region reduces the dimensions of the extrudate in relation to the dimensions associated with the first and second regions. In that way, the extrudate is joined together but may be easily separated into two separate pieces with dimensions related to the dimensions of the first and second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Barber Foods
    Inventor: Jeff Shorey
  • Patent number: 7001636
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing feed pellets, and a plant for the implementation of this method have been explained. The aim has been to improve the manufacturing of porous pellets, first and foremost to achieve a better control of the porosity of the pellets than the known techniques. The pellets come from a pelletizing machine (1) into a pellet chamber (3) which is kept at a pressure lower than the ambient pressure. From the chamber (3) the pellets are passed through an outlet (5) having a gate lock body (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nutreco Aquaculture Research Centre AS
    Inventors: Odd Geir Oddsen, Harald Skjorshammer, Fred Hirth Thorsen
  • Patent number: 6887503
    Abstract: Two or more different materials such as food material are co-extruded through adjacent orifices of an extruder. The flows of the two materials are cut in a direction transverse to the flow to form segments of flow. These segments are interspersed so as to join upstream and downstream of each segment of first material to a segment of a second material. Generally two rows of joined segmented flows are extruded side by side. Preferably between the tow rows is formed a boundary cell wall which usually is transformed to a harder material after extrusion. Cell walls of the harder material may surround, in two or three dimensions, cells of softer of foamed material. The apparatus and method to provide the food product having the cell like structure is particularly useful for producing confectionery products formed of chocolate, marzipan or dough materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Ole-Bendt Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6830768
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing a cooked-extruded-expanded dietetically valuable snack product mainly comprising an amylaceous material and milk solids, and which has a fine, porous, crunchy, smooth and melt-in-the-mouth texture while being rich in protein and calcium
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Sylke Neidlinger, Paul Mikota, Agnes Houlmann
  • Patent number: 6773739
    Abstract: An extruder system (10, 124) for the processing of feed materials is provided including an extruder (12), adjustable back pressure valve assembly (14) and a superatmospheric post-extrusion product treatment assembly (16, 124). The back pressure valve assembly (14) includes an adjustable valve member (48) which can be shifted to alter the effective cross-sectional open area of a product passageway (36), and alternately can be shifted to a product diverting position wherein the product is diverted from downstream processing. The treatment assembly (16) includes a sealed housing (78) directly coupled to the assembly (14) so that product emerging from the assembly (14) passes into housing (78) without experiencing atmospheric pressure. The treatment assembly (124) includes a product-guiding cowling (128) which is open to the atmosphere, together with a sealed housing (134) for effecting above atmospheric pressure treatment of extruded product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc
    Inventors: Bobbie W. Hauck, Marc Wenger
  • Patent number: 6753023
    Abstract: A starch hydrolysis food making process comprises mixing rice flour and rice syrup or honey in equal parts, adding amylase enzymes to the mixture, and extruding for a few seconds at an elevated temperature. Water may be added to the rice flour mixture to adjust the final product texture. A second extrusion can be used to adjust the pH. In a second starch hydrolysis method embodiment of the present invention, one part of water is mixed with five parts of rice flour. Then amylase enzymes are added to the mixture and extruded for a few seconds at an elevated temperature. The extrusion products are then packaged as food ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: California Natural Products
    Inventor: Neal A. Hammond
  • Patent number: 6733263
    Abstract: A die head suitable for preparation of a dual textured pet food having a core and a shell surrounding or essentially surrounding the core, the die head attached to or an integral part of an extruder, which comprises a) at least two shell flow areas through which an extruded shell composition flows, b) a shell flow control regulator which is capable of impinging upon the shell flow, c) a core inlet tube located post shell flow control regulator, its orifice in the shell flow, and delivering core composition to the shell flow wherein the shell composition essentially or totally envelops the core composition d) the shell enveloped core composition exiting the die orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Hills Pet Nutrition Inc.
    Inventors: Brent K. Pope, Jerry D. Millican, Timothy Glen Vande Giessen
  • Patent number: 6555153
    Abstract: The method for producing extruded, farinaceous pellets includes extruding a mixture so that it expands upon exiting an extruder. This prepuffed ribbon is then subjected to stretching and cutting steps to produce pellets. The prepuffing reduces the moisture content of the ribbon so that cut pellets made from the ribbon can be immediately processed without the need for a moisture conditioning and/or dehydration step. In stretching, the extrudate ribbon is passed through a set of rollers to increase the extrudate ribbon's velocity thereby causing the ribbon to stretch. Stretching the extrudate ribbon causes a reduction in thickness along with an increase in density. After cutting, the pellets can then be expanded in a puffing stage to produce a product that has a desirable light and crunchy texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: RECOT, Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis Conrad Keller, Joseph William Kelly, Nancy J. Moriarity
  • Patent number: 6440477
    Abstract: A method of adding oil and fat to porous feed is disclosed wherein porous feed together with oil and fat are continuously inserted into a partially evacuated chamber of an oil and fat adding apparatus while, simultaneously, porous feed that has remained therein for a specified time is continuously being removed from the chamber. The continuous nature of this method allows porous feed having high fat and oil content to be produced more rapidly than previously possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Nisshin Flour Milling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Nishioka, Ryoji Aoyama, Takayuki Ando, Minoru Tanaka
  • Patent number: RE42424
    Abstract: In the extrusion of feed-stuff pellets and relevant consumer products, the extruded products are subject to expansion as a result of the boiling of their water content when the products, after being exposed to high extrusion pressure and a correspondingly high temperature, are discharged to the atmosphere through the extrusion nozzles. Such an expansion is directly aimed at, but it is desirable to be able to control it, which is difficult by adjustment of the ordinary process parameters. With the invention it has been found that the expansion which arises can be controlled in a highly constant manner, i.e. by carrying out the extrusion into a closed chamber in which an over-pressure of a few bar is established in relation to the atmospheric pressure, and which can be regulated. The extrusion products can be continuously discharged from this chamber, or they can be discharged intermittently in portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Andritz Feed & Biofuel A/S
    Inventor: Anders Flarup-Knudsen