Molding, Casting, Or Shaping Patents (Class 426/512)
  • Patent number: 11206849
    Abstract: A food product includes first and second shells containing multiple ingredients. The first and second shells are attached to each other by an edible bonding agent. The shells are configured to be dissolved or melted into a heated liquid to release the multiple ingredients and the edible bonding agent is configured to be dissolved or melted into the heated liquid in order to form a heated beverage. The multiple ingredients include a first ingredient that dissolves into the heated liquid and a second ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Chocolate House Incubator Retail, LLC
    Inventor: Katherine T. Weiser
  • Patent number: 10875208
    Abstract: Cutting system (10) includes a conveyor (12) for carrying work products (13) past a scanner (200) and then past one or more cutting systems (17). The cutting systems include one or more assembly/units/apparatus (19) arranged in an array or series for cutting continuous strip(s) from the work products (13). The cutting assemblies (19) are carried by a powered system to move the cutter assemblies in spiral, serpentine, back-and-forth or other patterns to cut one or more continuous strips from the work product. The conveyor (12), scanner (200), and cutter systems (17) are coupled to and controlled by a computer (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George R. Blaine, David A. Below
  • Patent number: 10785953
    Abstract: A method and device for handling cheese blocks, which in particular can be assigned to a so-called cassette press with round or cornered cheese moulds. A rapid reloading of cheese blocks can be achieved. Compressed cheese curd is released from the inner wall of a mould and after a turning operation is evacuated from the mould, with the mould rotated, lowered and shaken or blown. Before the shaking or blowing, a pick-up plunger retracts into the mould up to the cheese block; the mould is then raised, rotated and guided back into the cheese press. The pick-up plunger with the cheese block is then lowered and the cheese block is fixed in position on the pick-up plunger by a clamping unit, is swivelled through 180° towards a secondary mould and is guided, i.e. pushed into the latter; the clamping unit is then opened and the pick-up plunger retracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Kalt Maschinenbau AG
    Inventor: Siegfried Grüninger
  • Patent number: 10405561
    Abstract: An edible jelly product, being a body formed from a mass of jelly-forming material by a progressive advancement of said mass to a forming station and progressive formation of the body at the forming station, wherein said mass comprises a sugar and a structure-forming agent selected from a hydrocolloid and modified starch, wherein the solids content of the jelly product, when formed into the body, is at least 60 wt %. A method is described of making such an edible jelly product which is transparent and contains air bubbles which are visible by eye; and which may be brought together with other such jelly products to form consolidated bodies such as twists, which can be easily peeled apart by consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Padraig Costello, Adele Hitchen, Kaya Anbarci, Celia Melina Schebella, Thomas Philip Imison
  • Patent number: 10349620
    Abstract: A device for forming and cooling an initially hot and therefore flowable melted cheese having (a) a first metallic cooling belt capable of moving in a downstream direction; (b) a counter-pressure roller proximal to the first metallic cooling belt; and (c) a rotatable shaping roller disposed proximal to the first metallic cooling belt downstream of the supply nozzle and upstream from the counter-pressure roller, wherein the rotatable shaping roller has a number of molding cavities formed in the surface, which are separated from one another by separating webs, wherein the separating webs are formed by the remaining surface of the rotatable shaping roller, wherein the rotatable shaping roller is capable of applying a pressure by way of the separating webs onto the cooling belt that results in displacement of the still-hot melted cheese from a region of the separating webs lying thereon, so that shaped bodies of melted cheese released from the molding cavities remain on the first metallic cooling belt for cooling
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Roland Zeuschner, Walter Hartmann, Franz Stadelmann
  • Patent number: 9629377
    Abstract: Processes and equipment for continuously making a substitute or imitation cheese by feeding a heated first liquid stream including emulsifying salt, water and cheese powder into a cooker which is a twin screw mixer, feeding a heated second liquid stream including oil and casein or a non-dairy protein into the cooker, processing the first liquid stream and the second liquid stream through the cooker to form a cheese composition, and cooling the cheese composition. The cheese composition may be continuously extruded in a desired shape such as sheets or ropes and/or may be continuously cooled and cut into pieces having a reduced size such as a size to approximate shredded cheese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip K. Zietlow, Troy D. Bierbaum
  • Patent number: 9439443
    Abstract: An apparatus for formation of products comprising an edible material and an interleaver, the apparatus including a drum with mould cavities, each with a bottom and a sidewall, in which the edible material is formed. The apparatus including an interleaver storage having one or more interleavers, and a transportation means configured to transport the one or more interleavers from the interleaver storage to a circumference of the drum where the edible material is placed on the interleaver. The bottom and/or the sidewall is made from a porous material and pressurized gas is forced through the porous material to eject the edible material from the mould cavities. After ejection, the products are stacked such that one interleaver is between two edible materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Hendrikus Petrus Gerardus Van Gerwen
  • Patent number: 9345266
    Abstract: An apparatus for molding and packaging molded tobacco pieces includes a mold having cavities oriented to allow ejection of molded tobacco pieces into a container. The apparatus also includes a knockout for ejecting the molded tobacco pieces, and a cutter having at least two blades for cutting the molded tobacco pieces into vertically aligned slices by passing one or more blades horizontally through the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Shannon Black, Andrew Nathan Carroll, Tom Holland
  • Patent number: 9320681
    Abstract: A kit and method for compounding medicated treats for pet animals includes a first compound, a second compound, a mold assembly, and a blister pack subkit. The first compound includes an edible binding agent for the medicated treat. The second compound includes a nutritional supplement. The first compound and the second compound are admixed together with an auxiliary ingredient, which admixture is formed into the medicated treats using the mold assembly. The mold assembly includes at least a mold plate, a base plate, and a pair of mold clamps. The kit may also include an extractor to facilitate removal of medicated treats from the mold assembly. The blister pack subkit includes a blister pack for receiving the medicated treats, and an adhesive backing for sealing the medicated treats within the blister pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventors: Antonio Dos Santos, Panagiota Danopoulos
  • Patent number: 9162376
    Abstract: Food product-forming apparatus, with a movable form-body, in which the food product is formed, and a knock out cup, which executes a knock-out-movement, that removes the food product from the form-body or according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in, that the knock out cup comprises a reservoir with compressed fluid, preferably essentially air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Hendrikus Petrus Gerardus Van Gerwen, Jacobus Johannes Maria Van Der Laak
  • Publication number: 20150140190
    Abstract: A concentric symmetrical branched heat exchanger system includes an inlet manifold that divides the product flow evenly in the first section of the system and also includes an array of tubular concentric heat exchangers arranged in parallel and in series. Flow through each leg of the system can be divided further with secondary manifolds. Division of the product flow enables efficient heat exchange at higher and controllable product flow rates and at lower heat exchanger inlet pressures. Having lower inlet pressures reduces the heat exchanger construction cost and allows attachment of cutting or shaping devices at the exchanger exits to create uniquely shaped pieces. The cutting or shaping devices can be installed at the end of the branched heat exchanger to provide cooling and cutting in one process step while eliminating the material handling step of conveying product to and from a blast freezer or similar cooling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin J. Cully, Michael G. Rayner, Andrew Joseph Brinkmann
  • Publication number: 20150140172
    Abstract: The present teachings provide an improved layered granule comprising a sandwich structure of a first and second moisture barrier layer encompassing a moisture hydrating layer. The sandwich granules can be used in a variety of contexts, including animal feed. Methods of making and using are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Danisco US Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Dale
  • Publication number: 20150132461
    Abstract: A mold (1) for the production of confectionery products, comprising a top surface (2) having cavities (2a) and an opposite bottom surface (3), comprising at least one protruding element (5) at the bottom surface (3) of the mold (1) for increasing the heat transfer rate between the mold (1) and a fluid flowing along the bottom surface (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard Rocklage, Michael Talmon-Gros, Ulrich Loeser, Rudolf Hauger
  • Publication number: 20150125585
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for stamping a plurality of articles (2), the method comprising the steps of transporting the plurality of articles (2) along a first conveyance path (4), splitting a transport flow of the plurality of articles (2) along the first conveyance path {4} into at least two parallel transport lines so as to transport the plurality of articles (2) along at least two parallel second conveyance paths (8, 10), stamping the plurality of articles (2) transported along the at least two parallel second conveyance paths (8, 10) using at least two parallel stamping units (12, 14) and merging transport flows of the plurality of articles (2) along the at least two parallel second conveyance paths (8, 10) so as to transport the plurality of articles (2) along a third conveyance path (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Gustav Thorsten, Christian Jung
  • Patent number: 9022774
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming pressed food products can utilize up to 98% chicken breast meat in high profit margin products. Breast meat is marinated and then extruded into a slab which is then frozen and shaped into a plank. The plank is sliced into unit portions which are then pressed into shaped portions with a preferred, or other, press. One preferred press linearly reciprocates unit portions into the press. This or another preferred press imparts three dimension exterior shape to the pressed food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: James E. Mauer, Benedict DiGerlando
  • Patent number: 9017061
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming pressed food products can utilize up to 98% chicken breast meat in high profit margin products. Breast meat is marinated and then extruded into a slab which is then frozen and shaped into a plank. The plank is sliced into unit portions which are then pressed into shaped portions with a preferred, or other, press. One preferred press linearly reciprocates unit portions into the press. This or another preferred press imparts three dimension exterior shape to the pressed food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: James E. Mauer, Benedict DiGerlando
  • Patent number: 9011954
    Abstract: Frozen aerated products are produced by i) providing two separate forming elements, ii) providing at least one open cavity on a surface each forming element, iii) providing filling devices for filling said cavities with a frozen aerated material, iv) filling two cavities, one on each moulding surface, with a frozen aerated material, wherein at least one of the cavities is filled with a frozen aerated product having an overrun of between 30% and 130%, this product is then allowed to expand outside its cavity, the two cavities are then moved opposite one another and the frozen aerated product in each cavity is pressed against the frozen aerated product in the other cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen John Dyks, Vito Antonio Tricarico, Jr., Paul Edward Cheney, Ian William Burns, Leonie Martine Warmerdam, Jonkheer Theodoor Hendrik Poll van de
  • Patent number: 9011963
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to salt compositions and methods used to make them. Embodiments may include methods for preparing salt compositions that include aerosolizing a melted salt composition to form droplets, where the droplets form rounded particles. Embodiments may further include solid compositions, including rounded salt particles, where the particles are formed by aerosolizing a melted salt composition. The particles can have semisolid interiors with void spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: S&P Ingredient Development, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Osterwalder, Sambasiva Rao Chigurupati, Pratik Nandan Bhandari
  • Patent number: 8983645
    Abstract: The system comprises a conveyor for conveying a plurality of molds along a production path on which is located a plurality of stations, each of which can execute at least one corresponding operation. Each mold carries an electronic identification device including memory devices from and to which information or data can be read and written without contact by means of an antenna. Each station is provided with an electronic unit including a processor, having memory devices and at least one antenna, and designed to read and/or write information or data from or to the memory devices of a mold passing through the station. An initial input station transfers or writes to the memory devices of each mold passing through it information identifying the products to be formed in the mold and relating to corresponding forming operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventors: Eugenio Alessandria, Massimo Giacosa
  • Patent number: 8974847
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a food product that exhibits excellent solubility, such as solid milk. [Means] The above purpose is achieved by a food product having a top surface (4) including a flat area (2); a bottom surface (8) including a flat area (6) parallel to the flat area (2) on the top surface; and a recess (10) formed on the top surface (4) and a recess (12) formed on the bottom surface (8), wherein when the food product has both the recess (10) formed on the top surface (4) and the recess (12) formed on the bottom surface (8), the total of the largest depth du (14) of the recess (10) on the top surface and the largest depth dd (16) of the recess (12) on the bottom surface is 30% or larger of the thickness w (18) of the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Meiji Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuru Toyoda, Kazumitsu Ohtsubo
  • Patent number: 8968808
    Abstract: A method of processing a belly for pre-cooked bacon includes injecting a belly with 1 to 3% by green weight of the belly of a solution comprising water, sodium nitrite, and sodium erythorbate to create an injected belly. The injected belly is tumbled under vacuum with dry ingredients comprising salt, sugar, and dextrose to create a tumbled belly. The tumbled belly is molded in a mold and then frozen in the mold to create a hardened belly. The hardened belly is removed from the mold to create a molded belly. The molded belly is sliced to create belly slices, and the belly slices are cooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hormel Foods Corporation
    Inventors: Gale F. Kunert, Steven C. Wobschall, John K. Buckles
  • Patent number: 8968810
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a method for preparing a decorative cake coating, the method comprising the steps of: providing a contour of a figure, the contour being made of a first edible solid substance, such as chocolate; filling the spaces between the lines of the contour with a second edible substance, such as colored candies; pouring dough made of a third edible substance (e.g., hot chocolate) onto the figure; and turning the coating upside down, thereby enabling placing the coating on the cake with the decorative figure on top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Rachel Greenberg
  • Patent number: 8961163
    Abstract: An apparatus for making frozen comestibles including a base having a plurality of apertures formed within said first site thereof, and a plurality of molds attached to or formed integrally with the base. Each of the molds includes a receiving surface and an opening aligned with a corresponding one of the apertures of the base. Each of the molds is moveable between a first position, in which a substantial portion of at least one mold is positioned within the interior portion of the base and said receiving surface forms a molding cavity that is adapted to receive a comestible to be frozen, and a second position, in which a substantial portion of the mold extends outwardly from the first side of the base and the receiving surface of the mold is exposed externally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Propeller, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Zorovich, John C. Earle, Yos Kumthampinij, William Nickley
  • Patent number: 8962055
    Abstract: A formed food product is made by first performing a first pressing of the frozen primary product between a stamp and a cavity of a mold with a predetermined force to produce a preformed initial food product. Then, without removing the initial food product from the mold and immediately after the first pressing is completed, reducing during a relaxation phase a pressure force applied by the stamp to the intermediate food product for a predetermined time to produce an intermediate product. Finally without removing the intermediate product from the mold and immediately after the predetermined time has elapsed, performing a second pressing of the intermediate food product between the stamp and the mold cavity at a higher force than that used in the first pressing until a final food product with a contour corresponding to that of the mold cavity is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nienstedt GmbH
    Inventor: Petra Groneberg-Nienstedt
  • Publication number: 20150044355
    Abstract: To provide a pet food that is configured to stabilize quality by rigorous regulation of mineral components, and at the same time, that exhibits superior palatability in relation to a pet food for a cat of advanced age that requires rigorous regulation of mineral components. A granular pet food having a bulk density of at least 38.5 g/100 ml and no more than 50.0 g/100 ml, and a fluctuation range defined as the maximum to the minimum value of the total mineral content amount across 10 product lots being no more than 1.0%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Junya Sakoda, Takahiro Usui
  • Publication number: 20150044335
    Abstract: In a method for moulding food products from a pumpable foodstuff mass, use is made of a moulding device with a mould drum provided with mould cavities having a fill opening for the introduction of foodstuff mass. A mass feed member transfers mass into passing mould cavities. A pump is connected to the inlet of the mass feed member. Product removal takes place downstream of the fill position. The operation of the pump and the rotation of the mould drum are controlled in combination with the design of the mould cavities pattern on the drum and of the mouth of the mass feed member such that in the method all mould cavity filling events during a revolution of the mould drum are performed in sequential order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Martinus Meulendijks, Thomas Willem Dekker, Martinus Johannes Willebrordus VAN Zoelen, Jeroen Robert Willemsen
  • Publication number: 20150044338
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an ultrasonic rotary molding system that is used to form edible compositions or food products as they move along a conveyor belt. The food products are formed by an ultrasonic rotary wheel that includes one or more cutting tools that cut, and perhaps three dimensionally mold, food product strips. The system may include a movable backing plate that is located below the point where the ultrasonic rotary wheel cuts the food product strips. The movable backing plate may be spring loaded and it may exert force upwards against the conveyor belt and in turn against the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Nagle, Alfred Camporini, David Pontzer, Paul Capar, David Fyock, John Stough, Curt Knepper, Joseph Edward Massie, Jeffrey Frantz, Carlos Aponte, Gary Lee McQuilkin
  • Patent number: 8951558
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aqueous medium containing an amino(meth)acrylate polymer or copolymer which is not soluble in dematerialised water, characterized in that the medium has a content of an aqueous phase of at least 60% by weight and a content of up to 40% by weight of solids comprising the amino(meth)acrylate polymer or copolymer, whereby the aqueous phase is charged by a sufficient amount of carbon dioxide that effects the amino(meth)acrylate polymer or copolymer to be present in solute form in the medium. The aqueous medium may be used beneficially as a coating or binding solution for the spray coating or binding of pharmaceutical compositions or nutraceutical compositions or cosmetical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Evonik Röhm GmbH
    Inventors: Rosario Lizio, Michael Damm, Hans-Ulrich Petereit
  • Patent number: 8944800
    Abstract: A kitchen tool applies texture to gnocchi or gnocchetti. The kitchen tool has a bottom surface defining a plurality of parallel longitudinal ridges. Serrations on the longitudinal ridges help the longitudinal ridges to grip a ball of dough. A cross ridge is generally normal to the longitudinal ridges and depends below the longitudinal ridges. Sides depend below the cross ridge and the longitudinal ridges. The kitchen tool may be a part of a kit that also includes a dry dough mix. A method of using the tool also is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Richard R. Riggio
  • Patent number: 8945650
    Abstract: There are provided a manufacturing method and a manufacturing apparatus for Baumkuchen for easily and properly suppressing shape distortion of the Baumkuchen caused in a manufacturing process thereof. In manufacturing the Baumkuchen by alternately repeating application of batter around the whole outer circumference of a spit and baking of the applied batter, the batter is scraped off outer circumferences of opposite end portions of the spit before baking only in early stage of manufacturing until the number of repetitions reaches a specified value. As a result, the number of cake layers formed at the opposite end portions of the Baumkuchen is reduced from that at the other portion and outside diameters of the opposite end portions are reduced from a normal outside diameter to thereby suppress partial increase in the outside diameter at the opposite end portions of the Baumkuchen caused by drooping of the batter at the end portions of the spit before baking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pasco Shikishima Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Mizuguchi, Nobutaka Torii, Masakazu Komatsu, Yuji Sakatani, Seiji Yamada
  • Patent number: 8945649
    Abstract: This document provides devices and methods for processing elongate generally cylindrical food products. For example, this document provides devices and methods for longitudinally cutting sausages, and the sausage designs as cut thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Edward W. Hortelius
  • Patent number: 8940349
    Abstract: In a process for producing half-shells (2) which are made from a dough for bakery products and are characterized by an annular orifice rim (6) with a finished surface, by producing a wafer sheet (1) comprising a plurality of half-shells (2) connected to one another by an interconnecting wall (4), by forming and baking said dough in a mold with the use of a mold formed by two complementary plates (12, 14) having respective front surfaces which, as a result of the fitting together of the two plates, can define a forming cavity having a shape generally corresponding to that of said wafer sheet (1), a mold is used wherein the front forming surface of at least one of said plates has shaped portions (26) which project towards the front surface of the other plate (12) and which can define, in the dough that is subjected to baking in the forming cavity, a notch (24) in the interconnecting wall (4) adjacent each half-shell (2), wherein the plates can be fitted together in an initial position in which the forming cavit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Bartolucci, Rino Durio
  • Publication number: 20150024098
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making frozen food products from a fruit puree, i.e. a flowable banana meat or a flowable blend of fruit meat and other edible ingredients. A composition that includes peeled bananas and at least one antioxidant may be mixed in a mixing device at ambient temperature and under less than one atmosphere of pressure, forming the puree. The temperature of the puree is reduced to a semi-frozen state by passing the puree through a heat exchanger. The semi-frozen puree is then formed into food products with a pre-determined volume, shape, and weight by a molding or extrusion process. Sticks, if desired, may be inserted, and the shaped puree is then frozen to solidified cores. The solidified cores may be coated with chocolate and treated with other edible toppings and then packaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Totally Bananas Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Pheterson
  • Publication number: 20150024109
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the manufacture of a chocolate product involving the use of hydrated salt, hydrated sugar or hydrated sugar alcohol in the underlying chocolate mass and comprising the steps of refining, conching and optionally tempering of the chocolate mass. The invention further relates to a chocolate product comprising a chocolate mass comprising certain weight proportions of hydratable salt, hydratable sugar or hydratable sugar alcohol, as obtainable by the process of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Paggios, Martin Thiele, Hartmut Balzer, Stephen Pearson
  • Publication number: 20150024110
    Abstract: A method of producing chocolate comprising mixing for 10-120 minutes a composition having a temperature of 35-50 C, the composition comprising: chocolate base mass; and one or more surfactants; wherein the composition has a fat content of 22-30 wt. % and a water content of at least 1.1 wt. % relative to the total mass of the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC.
    Inventors: Konstantinos Paggios, Martin Thiele, Hartmut Balzer, Imola Zsigmond
  • Publication number: 20150017315
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed for manufacturing semi-moist meatballs. An illustrative embodiment provides a method of manufacturing generally spherical pet treats comprising: (a) providing a ground mix of proteinaceous material, flavor enhancers and preservatives to a portioning device that divides said mix into smaller portions of roughly uniform volume, (b) placing said portions on a first belt of a first conveyor moving at a first speed in a longitudinal direction, (c) periodically pressing said portions with a second belt of a second conveyor, where said second belt operates in a plane at a height above, and substantially parallel to, said first belt, said second belt moving at a second speed in substantially the same longitudinal direction as said first belt, while also oscillating back and forth in a lateral direction that is at an angle to said longitudinal direction, such that said portions are transformed into generally spherical shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Davor Juravic, Yomayra Alvarez, Oscar Ortiz, Dwayne P. McDowell, II, Geoffrey Chase Thornhill
  • Publication number: 20150010684
    Abstract: A molding and cooking apparatus for pieces of stuffed product such as cooked hams, which includes one or more molding cavities long enough so that more than one piece of stuffed product can be introduced in the same molding cavity, inserting separators which help to shape the ends of the pieces of vacuum stuffed product, both ends of the cavities are open and are sealed during product cooking, which permits a quick discharge of the already cooked and cooled pieces when the cavities bottoms are unsealed, and permits the product to fall because of gravity onto a collecting tray, likewise a procedure is revealed on the efficient use of this apparatus herein disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Nestor Raul GAY
  • Patent number: 8916222
    Abstract: A device for producing shaped meat portions, the device including a sorting device for sorting meat into a first set of pieces having a weight which is below a desired weight, a second set of pieces having a weight which corresponds to a desired weight, and a third set of pieces having a weight which is above a desired weight. The device further includes a cutting device which cuts each of the third set of pieces to a desired weight so that the cut pieces having a desired weight define a set of selected meat pieces. A transport device transports the set of selected meat pieces and a freezing facility through which the transport device conveys the set of selected meat pieces and which freezes the set of selected meat pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nienstedt GmbH
    Inventors: Petra Groneberg-Nienstedt, Michael Gutmann
  • Patent number: 8916221
    Abstract: A method for producing cheese and a device therefore, in particular what is known as a cassette press with round or angular cheese molds. The method is intended in particular to achieve gentle and hygienic de-molding of the cheese blocks after removal of whey. A raw cheese mass is first poured into molds of a cassette press, then pressed to remove liquid and emptied out of the mold after a turning process. Directly after turning, the raw cheese mass in the mold is subjected to a shaking movement, so the pressed raw cheese mass is detached gently from the inner wall of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kalt Maschinenbau AG
    Inventor: Peter Waldburger
  • Publication number: 20140356504
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a food press that utilizes mechanical devices, such as lever arms, inclined planes, cams, and/or rollers to increase the force applied to food by a ratio of two to one or more in comparison to the force applied by a human operator to the device. High compression forces are particularly important when working with low fat foods such as low-fat hamburger, game meat, flaked or ground fish or ground vegetable products. The various embodiment of food presses described and disclosed herein may also be used to produce stuffed food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Imlach, Thane Humphrey
  • Patent number: 8895093
    Abstract: A method for making a jelly confectionery comprising preparing a liquid jelly confectionery composition comprising bulk sweetener and a hydrocolloid gelling agent, cooking the liquid jelly confectionery composition, and depositing the liquid jelly confectionery composition into a mold, wherein the viscosity of the liquid jelly confectionery composition is temporarily modified for a period of time commencing prior to deposition of the liquid jelly confectionery into a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cadbury Enterprises PTE Limited
    Inventors: Peter Krnic, Paul Truman, Darren Bates, Kamaljit Singh Vilkhu, Lloyd Kenneth Simons
  • Publication number: 20140335250
    Abstract: A method for making of ice cream on a stick, includes the following steps: subjecting a liquid or semiliquid base product to cooling and stirring inside a container to obtain a processed liquid or semiliquid product; drawing the processed product from the container to fill cavities of a mould; inserting sticks in the mould; cooling the mould, filled with the processed product and containing the sticks, so as to obtain ice creams on a stick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALI S.p.a. - CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Patent number: 8876519
    Abstract: An apparatus for the knotting of a dough strand into a desired form, particularly for the knotting of a dough strand into a pretzel form, wherein the dough strand subject to stretching of the dough strand length is knotted around a form element that provides the desired form for a dough strand with larger starting length than the actual length of the dough strand and/or the desired form with an increased form size, whereupon the form element that establishes the desired form is removed, at least partially, so that the dough strand that was placed into the desired form contracts into a final size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fritsch GmbH
    Inventor: Udo Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 8865240
    Abstract: A palatable, edible soft chewable medication vehicle for delivery of a pharmaceutically acceptable active ingredient, such as a drug, to an animal or human subject. The edible soft chews contain only food grade or better inactive ingredients, and preferably do not contain ingredients of animal origin. Processes for manufacturing the edible soft chews do not require the use of heat or the addition of water during mixing of active and inactive ingredients, provide stable concentrations of the active ingredient, and produce chews of consistent weight and texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Neil E. Paulsen, Roland H. Johnson, Michael B. Coffee
  • Publication number: 20140302208
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and systems for molding three-dimensional products from a mass of foodstuff. The systems include a rotatable drum provided with mold holders that accept removable molds that are filled with the mass of foodstuff to form the three-dimensional products. The method includes use of the system to fill removable molds in filling operations to form the three-dimensional products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
  • Patent number: 8846122
    Abstract: Process for producing a chocolate or chocolate-like product comprising mixing together components of chocolate or chocolate-like product to give a flowable powder mixture, and feeding the flowable powder mixture to a roller compactor whereby the powder mixture is compressed to give the chocolate or chocolate-like product. The process can produce a chocolate or chocolate-like product comprising a compressed mass of particles of chocolate components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Barry Callebaut AG
    Inventors: Luc Joseph Paul Antoine Marie Rumbaut, Maiike Geri Minnaert
  • Patent number: 8840390
    Abstract: A cut-off device is used for providing a deposit of known portion weight of the ground meat or paste. This deposit is dropped accurately onto a conveyor belt for transport to a press wheel the height of which, from the conveyor, can be adjusted to provide a finished product of correct thickness. The press wheel has a system of vacuum ducts around the circumference in four chambers that pull paper from a de-nesting tray situated at the top of the press wheel, at the correct interval as to meet up with the deposit at the base of the wheel. This results in the deposit being pressed to the required thickness onto the conveyor, with the interleave paper attached to the top of the now formed patty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Risco USA Corporation
    Inventor: Alan G. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140272040
    Abstract: A method of forming cheese shreds having a wide or modified crescent shape is provided. By one approach, the method includes preparing a block of cheese by chilling the cheese to a predetermined temperature and/or reducing the size of the cheese block into cheese portions or cubes. Next, the cheese portions or cubes are fed into a shredder with shredding blades having a sinusoidal configuration. The shredder is operated to shred the cheese into modified crescent shapes with an upper and lower curved surfaces and tapered ends therebetween. Further, the modified crescent shaped cheese shreds have improved meltability such that a smaller amount of cheese can be used to achieve greater coverage, flavor, and mouth feel, as compared to previous cheese shred configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Paul V. Gass, Brian E. LeVine, Melodie S. Bolin
  • Patent number: 8834949
    Abstract: Dosing machine for controlled dosage of pasty products, of the type with an agitator associated with a feed that includes an auger extension forming a compression feed chamber including a distributor with a plurality of distribution holes, a dosing device with on a fixed plate a corresponding first plurality of holes coinciding with the distribution holes and a corresponding second plurality of holes, parallel to the first and moved to one side on the plate, above the fixed plate a mobile dosing structure is installed that has an alternating drawer movement on the fixed plate with a reciprocal movement device for moving the dosing structure from a position above the distribution holes to a position above the second plurality of holes moved to the side of the auger and vice-versa, the dosing structure includes corresponding dosage chambers associated with the control dosing volume and density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Alessandro De Bortoli, Paolo Tosolini
  • Patent number: 8827682
    Abstract: The invention concerns a mould for a food product, comprising at least one shell (302a, 302b) having a marking zone consisting of a plurality of ribs (402, 406) intersecting one another, said mould being characterized in that each rib (402, 406) has an edge (404, 408) having a sharp ridge oriented towards the inside of the mould in order to mark the food product during preparation thereof in said mould and in that said or each shell (302a, 302b) has, at the ends thereof, a recess (314, 414) intended to form, with the recesses (314, 414) of the other shells constituting the mould, a hollow (312, 412) that extends from the inside of the mould and in the direction of the outside of the mould.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Armor Inox
    Inventors: Olivier Marquet, Bernard Cadoret