With Cutting, Or Mechanically Subdividing Solid Material, E.g., Slicing, Comminuting, Slitting, Etc. Patents (Class 426/518)
  • Patent number: 10716765
    Abstract: Functional ingredients including an esterified component and microencapsulated in an enteric matrix to increase the microencapsulation efficiency and reduce undesired organoleptic properties of the microencapsulated material while providing a desired release rate and ester hydrolysis rate, the process including forming an emulsion in water and titrating the emulsion with a precipitating agent to produce a particulate precipitate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Anilkumar Ganapati Gaonkar, Les Lawrence, Ahmad Akashe, Amado R. Lopez, Ronald L. Meibach, Dana Sebesta, Yan Wang, James D. White, Leslie G. West
  • Patent number: 10617141
    Abstract: A stationary slicing head assembly for use with a centrifugal slicing machine for cutting vegetables into slices. The assembly includes a plurality of slicing shoes serially arranged around an impeller having an axis of rotation. A first end of each slicing shoe is positioned adjacent to a second end of a juxtaposed slicing shoe. A plurality of serially arranged knife blades, each knife blade being secured to the first end of a slicing shoe, wherein each knife blade has a cutting edge/has a cutting edge profile defined with respect to the shape of the cutting edge defining a two-dimensional shape of a cut surface produced by the cutting edge. Some of the knife blades are first knife blades which have a first profile, and second knife blades have a second profile. The arrangement of the first and second knife blades configured to cut first and second slices from a vegetable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH
    Inventors: Elvira Domingo Varona, Alejandra Ibanez Revilla, Peter Usher
  • Patent number: 10207419
    Abstract: A combined food cutting and rounding machine comprises a supply opening through which edible material passes, a stator located adjacent the supply opening and a rotor configured to rotate relative to the stator. The stator includes a stator forming channel. The rotor includes a plurality of rotor forming channels and a plurality of blades, at least one of the plurality of blades being located adjacent to each of the plurality of rotor forming channels. The stator forming channel and each of the plurality of rotor forming channels are arcuate in length. The supply opening, stator and rotor are configured such that, during operation as the rotor rotates relative to the stator, edible material exiting the supply opening is cut by one of the plurality of blades and formed into a ball by simultaneous contact with the stator forming channel and one of the plurality of rotor forming channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Zac Harder, Rodney McCalley, Christopher E. Fournier, Ralph A. Stenvik
  • Patent number: 9675207
    Abstract: A doner kebab rotisserie enables the meat of chicken or doner kebab to be formed, cooked and sliced, and where the formed meats are positioned, a circular knife located in the cutting unit and enabling the doner kebab to be sliced by rotating, and a doner kebab burner including a burner wing used while cooking the kebab and providing heat for the desired area of doner kebab. Specifically, an automatic doner kebab slicing machine disclosed includes a doner kebab follow-up apparatus, the position of the upper section of which does not change when it performs rotating motion in accordance with the circular knife and which enables slicing of the doner kebab at fixed thickness and enables the angular change to be construed by an electronic system by transferring angular change to the bearing during the doner kebab surface follow-up via doner kebab follow-up apparatus bearing where it is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: O{hacek over (g)}uz Atalay, Yakup Altun, U{hacek over (g)}ur Atalay
  • Patent number: 9675643
    Abstract: A biological composition has a mixture of mechanically selected allogeneic biologic material derived from bone marrow. The mixture has non-whole cellular components including vesicular components and active and inactive components of biological activity, cell fragments, cellular excretions, cellular derivatives, and extracellular components. The mixture is compatible with biologic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Vivex Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy W. Weston, Miguel Quevedo, Stuart Oglesby, Gaëtan Jean-Robert Delcroix, Paul C. Schiller, Gianluca D'Ippolito, Timothy Ganey
  • Patent number: 9395715
    Abstract: An automated material processing system is provided for processing a workpiece using a processing table. The system includes a replaceable component comprising at least one cutting head consumable, one or more radio frequency identification (RFID) signal devices disposed in or on the replaceable component, and at least one reader communicatively connected to the one or more signal devices. The one or more signal devices are encoded with information about the replaceable component and the reader is configured to sense the information encoded on the one or more signal devices. In addition, the system includes a computing device communicatively connected to the reader for (i) processing the information transmitted by the reader and (ii) configuring a set of operating parameters of the material processing system based on the sensed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Hypertherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Brandt, E. Michael Shipulski
  • 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: 20150118376
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for mixing and cutting animal feed comprising a container with a side wall, a rotary mixing and cutting device positioned inside the container and at least one counter element provided at the sidewall. The apparatus comprises at least one positioning device for moving the at least one counter element between a retracted position and an inserted position. The container comprises a control unit to control the positioning device of the at least one counter element. The control unit is arranged to control at least one positioning device for bringing at least one counter element in a pulsating modus, wherein the at least one counter element moves between the retracted and inserted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Arie Huyzer, Howard Sie, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor
  • Patent number: 9011955
    Abstract: A system for preparing a coffee beverage, provided with a coffee making apparatus comprising a grinder for grinding coffee beans to obtain ground coffee, a coffee beverage preparation device arranged for, with supply of water to the ground coffee, preparing the coffee beverage, and a coffee outlet for dispensing the coffee beverage, a separate coffee bean package with an inner space which at least before use is filled with the coffee beans, wherein the coffee bean package before use is closed off in itself such that the exposure of the coffee beans to ambient air is prevented, a coffee bean inlet for supply of coffee beans from the coffee bean package to the grinder, and a connecting device for connecting the coffee bean package to the coffee making apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff, Gustaaf Frans Brouwer, Philippe Jacques van Camp, Ivo van Os
  • Patent number: 9005691
    Abstract: A method of producing a semifinished confectionary product, such as chocolate or similar, using at least one centrifugal unit for simultaneously grinding and mixing at least some of the ingredients of the semifinished product, and which includes an elongated processing chamber with a substantially horizontal axis, at least one inlet for the ingredients to be processed and one outlet for the processed ingredients, and a powered shaft fitted inside the processing chamber, coaxially with the axis, and fitted with a succession of radial appendixes arranged between the inlet and the outlet; the method including the steps of loading at least a first ingredient of the semifinished product through the inlet; grinding the first ingredient inside the grinding and mixing unit by rotating the shaft at a first speed; loading at least a second ingredient through the inlet, after grinding; rotating the shaft at a second speed to grind and mix the ingredients to form a mixture of the same grain size as the semifinished produ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Federici
  • Patent number: 9004899
    Abstract: Noodles with hand-made quality consisting of thick and thin portions are processed by introducing a noodle belt between first and second cutting rolls 5 and 6 having first and second cutting blades 3 and 4 each formed by large and small diameter portions 3a, 4a and 3b and 4b, and spacers 7. The cutting rolls are relatively shifted in an axial direction such that the thick portion is formed by opposing large diameter portion and spacer and the thin portion is formed by opposing large diameter portion and small diameter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sanyo Foods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nagayama, Takeshi Youda
  • Publication number: 20150086687
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing and cutting animal feed comprising a container with a side wall, a rotary mixing and cutting device positioned inside the container and arranged to be driven by a driving unit. At least one counter element is provided at the sidewall. The apparatus comprises positioning device for moving the counter element between a retracted position and an inserted position, and a control unit to control the positioning device of the counter element and arranged to determine an indication of the amount of power consumed by the driving units for driving the rotary mixing and cutting device and to control positioning device based on the determined indication of the amount of power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Arie Huyzer, Howard Sie, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 8986766
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage mixing and dispersing apparatus comprising: —a metering device, —a mixing chamber, —at least one diluent feeding means, —means for moving the mixing chamber, characterized in that the mixing chamber is movable between: —a metering position, where the metering device outlet emerges in the mixing chamber inlet, and —a mixing position, where the diluent feeding means are able to inject the diluent in the mixing chamber and the metering device outlet does not emerge in the mixing chamber inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Raphael Bernhardsgruetter, Cedric Beausire, Lucio Scorrano
  • Publication number: 20150056353
    Abstract: The subject invention is a device for opening coconuts that includes a handle and a cutting cylinder attached to the handle, including a cutting edge at one end, and a cap that provides a striking surface. The cutting cylinder may have teeth and may have a gap. The cutting cylinder or the teeth may be beveled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: David L. Goodman
  • 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: 20150037480
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for processing foodstuff comprises a housing, a bowl, a bowl lid, and a bail handle. The bowl is removably mountable onto the housing and comprises an upper rim defining a mouth for selectively receiving a rotatable tool within the bowl. The bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl and comprises a top wall and a flange depending downwardly therefrom. The bail handle is pivotably affixed to opposing sides of the housing. The bail handle is pivotable between (1) a disengaged position in which the bowl lid may be removed from the bowl and in which the bowl may be removed from the housing and (2) an engaged position in which the bail handle applies downward pressure on the bowl lid to retain the bowl lid on the upper rim of the bowl and to retain the bowl on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Drew Carlson
  • Patent number: 8945659
    Abstract: A method for preparing a fiber-in-water slurry containing insoluble fibers includes the steps of (a1) preparing a fiber-in-water slurry containing the insoluble fibers, (a2) freezing the slurry and (a3) grinding the frozen slurry. Insoluble fibers of tomatoes, peaches, pears, apples, plums, citrus, and combinations are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Cristhian Paul Almeida Rivera, Jacob Nijsse, Sudarshi Tanuja A. Regismond
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150017312
    Abstract: This invention pertains to the development of a high protein oil seed flour as a replacement for both wheat based and gluten free flours used in baked, dry and liquid goods which optimizes nutrition. The seed flour is based on the novel use of processing sunflower and other oil type seeds into a flour, meal, or protein isolate to replace a significant portion of traditional and gluten free flours in food goods, including baked, dry and liquid goods. The invention provides composition formulas that significantly optimize and improve the overall nutritional value of processed foods by balancing proteins and carbohydrates through an optimized ratio of seed to grain or tuber flour. The composition formulas also increase the absolute values of protein in processed foods to achieve recommended daily allowances as well as provides for increase satiety, improve blood sugar balance, weight management, and health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Tegel
  • Patent number: 8926307
    Abstract: A dough depositing machine adapted for use in the manufacture of non-traditional baked goods and methods related thereto. Non-traditional dough (e.g., gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, or vegan dough) may have properties that are more difficult to accommodate during manufacturing than the properties of traditional dough. Accordingly, various components of the dough depositing machine may be adapted to operate with non-traditional dough. For example, at least one of a dough delivery mechanism, a forming portion, a cutting assembly and a controller of the dough depositing machine may be adapted for use with non-traditional dough. These components of a dough depositing mechanism may be provided as originally manufactured equipment or may be retrofit to an existing dough depositing machine designed for use with traditional dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Dale Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 8927046
    Abstract: Compositions consisting of or comprising resveratrol and a protective colloid, particularly a gelatine, a modified food starch or a ligninsulfonate, their use for stably incorporating resveratrol into water-based foods, particularly beverages, and the foods thus obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Sylvain Diguet, Nicolle Goetz, Bruno H. Leuenberger, Johann Ulm, Loni Schweikert
  • Patent number: 8920863
    Abstract: Cheese products with improved flavor, texture and melting properties are disclosed. Topical application of a dairy powder, and in particular a cream cheese powder, to a cheese product improves not only dairy flavor when consumed cold, but unexpectedly also melted appearance, texture and taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Chad D. Galer, Paul V. Gass, Aaron S. Handrick, John A. Hirschey, Brian E. LeVine, Carolyn J. Trinka
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140370181
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coffee composition for use with a single serve beverage unit. The beverage unit consists of a container having a first structure to enable the introduction of a liquid such as hot water into the container to contact the coffee composition and a second structure to enable the release of a coffee extract out of the container. The coffee composition comprises various coffee ingredients demonstrating an improved property, or an improved balance between two or more of properties, selected from aroma, strength, flavor, cup color, acidity, density, extractability, bed permeability, brewing time, yield, structural integrity, quality consistence and uniformity, and cost-effectiveness. Methods of using such coffees are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Folger Coffee Company
    Inventors: Jerry Douglas Young, Robert David Piotrowski, Donald Lee Hughes
  • Patent number: 8895094
    Abstract: To reduce the glycemic load in the daily nutrition of diabetics, obese and for weight-reducing diets, this invention claims cooking or baking processes and other procedures for food—rich in carbohydrates—in which the structure of the raw complex carbohydrates is mostly preserved and/or short saccharides are encapsulated. This objective is attained by reducing the magnitude of the complex carbohydrate fractioning by the undesired effect of adiabatic heating during grain grinding, or during conventional cooking and also through the encapsulation of already processed monosaccharide's, disaccharides or broken carbohydrate chains in capsules within denaturalized protein matrixes, in order to make their digestion deeper and longer. These processes and procedures allow the ingestion of less restricted portions of food, very similar to the conventional ones while due to their prolonged digestion, naturally limiting the immediate production of glucose (Glycemic Index).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge Luis Zapp Glauser
  • Patent number: 8892239
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method for cutting a food product into slices for producing portions by taking into account the target weight thereof. Information about a remainder of the food product to be sliced is used to control corresponding actuators for a successive food product to be sliced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8877277
    Abstract: A method for making an expanded snack piece using supercritical fluid extrusion is disclosed. A mixture of shear thinning starch and heat-sensitive ingredients are input into an extruder, hydrated, and mixed with supercritical fluid. The extrudate can be subjected to further processing to set or alter its structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Girish Ganjyal
  • Patent number: 8877278
    Abstract: A composition and method for providing a strong dough having a substantial quantity of fresh potatoes. Fresh potatoes are made into a mash and centrifuged to reduce the water content to about 70% by weight. Such potato mash can comprise over 50% by weight of the final dough. This dough can be used to make sheeted or extruded products. Such dough results in improved, more naturally-flavored products compared to products made entirely from dehydrated or partially-dehydrated potato derivatives. The method comprises finely slicing potatoes to form a potato slurry or mash; decanting excess water from the potato slurry; heating the potato slurry to a temperature no greater than about 190 degrees Fahrenheit; cooling the slurry to under 140 degrees Fahrenheit; and imparting a low amount of work input to a mixture of the slurry and other ingredients to form a shapeable dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ponnattu Kurian Joseph, Renu Mathew, Sheyla Rivera Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8869686
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Backus
  • Publication number: 20140314929
    Abstract: A Reamer has a first portion which is at an angle ? with respect to a second portion of the blade. Angle ? is between 1° and 189 °.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ICI USA, LLC
    Inventors: MATTHEW FRANK, Ryan Hodgman Peloquin
  • Publication number: 20140314922
    Abstract: Methods as described in the present disclosure generally include cryogenically freezing a fruit product such as sweetened, dried fruit or simulated fruit, and then breaking the frozen fruit product into pieces having an appropriate size distribution. Breaking the fruit product may be accomplished, for example, by passing the frozen fruit product through a mechanical breaking device such as a multi-stage roller mill having cryogenically cooled rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: MEDURI FARMS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph J. MEDURI, Homer Paul GROB, JR.
  • Patent number: 8859025
    Abstract: A method for separating fat particles from lean particles. The method includes providing a mixture comprising a fluid, fat particles, and lean particles; introducing the mixture to an inlet of a chamber, wherein the chamber has an upper outlet and a lower outlet distal to the inlet; irradiating the mixture with UVc energy as the mixture is transferred through the chamber; allowing particles less dense than the fluid to be carried out from the chamber through the upper outlet; and allowing the particles more dense than the fluid to be carried out from the chamber through the lower outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Safefresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Patent number: 8852665
    Abstract: A process for milling grain includes milling whole grain wheat kernels into whole grain wheat flour having a particle size distribution where at least about 98% of the whole grain wheat flour is less than or equal to about 212 ?m. The whole grain wheat flour includes substantially the same proportions of natural constituents, other than moisture, as compared to a representative sample of the whole grain wheat kernels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ardent Mills, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Arndt, Theodore Korolchuk
  • Patent number: 8846128
    Abstract: In one embodiment, unpolished sweet rice, a.k.a. glutinous rice, is processed to yield a powdered or granulated product which provides more than one unique advantage when applied as a substitute for traditional mochi or wheat flour as an ingredient for producing pancakes and baked goods. The sweet rice is processed by sprouting it, dehydrating it, roasting it, cooling it, and finally pulverizing it to provide flour or meal. The flour or meal is then made into comestibles by combining with other ingredients and baking or frying, according to adapted recipes. Non-glutinous varieties of unpolished rice, a.k.a. brown rice, may also be processed according to this method to yield rice flour with a distinctive, nutty flavor and stabilized rice bran.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Louis Schilling, Jennifer Schilling
  • Patent number: 8840052
    Abstract: A process for converting, separating and removing conversion products from grain endosperm using a contained reaction vessel to effect conversions and extractions. The process minimizes particulate interference with equipment, thereby lowering operating and capital expense. Successive conversion and extraction processes reuse major system parts in each step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Robert E. Cadwalader, Rex A. Dieterle
  • 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: 20140261002
    Abstract: A coffee milling process comprising the steps of: a) introducing particles of a roasted coffee precursor into a milling chamber; b) introducing particles of soluble coffee into the milling chamber; c) jetting a gas into the milling chamber to mobilise the particles of the roasted coffee precursor and soluble coffee; d) thereby producing a milled and blended coffee product by comminuting the particles of the roasted coffee precursor by self-collision of the particles of the roasted coffee precursor and by collision of the particles of soluble coffee with the particles of the roasted coffee precursor within the milling chamber. Processes and products incorporating milled and blended coffee products are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Olean Fountain, Alan Gundle, Won Cheal Kang
  • Patent number: 8828473
    Abstract: Suggested are substance mixtures, containing (a) at least one starch derivative and (b) at least one bitter principle and optionally (c) stabilizers, characterized in that components (a) and (b) are present in a weight ratio of from 1000:1 to 1:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Symrise AG
    Inventors: Sylvia Barnekow, Kilian Schölling
  • Publication number: 20140248405
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for thermal treatment of olives or other oleaginous fruits are described. The method and apparatus are for crushing in controlled or modified atmosphere and for kneading in controlled or modified atmosphere, allowing to reduce the kneading times, improving the working capacity of the line, concomitantly preserving the quality of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Maria Lisa Clodoveo
  • Patent number: 8815319
    Abstract: A method for producing low Glycemic Index bread and baked products for diabetic dieting and Metabolic Syndrome patients using a selection of ancient cereals, pseudo cereals and grain varieties with high content of complex carbohydrate molecules, low speed and low adiabatic temperature milling, encapsulation of carbon dioxide bubbles created during leavening of dough in a slowly digested denaturalized protein matrix, inclusion of partially milled chunks of cereal and grain into the dough, baking at low temperatures and short time periods, rapid chilling of the bread and freezing for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge Luis Zapp Glauser
  • Publication number: 20140234507
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for heating or cooling viscous materials such as meat emulsions useful for producing food and other products. The devices include a heat exchanger comprising a first plate, a second plate attached to the first plate, and a first spacer and a second spacer arranged between the first plate and the second plate. The first plate, the second plate, the first spacer, and the second spacer define at least one temperature controlled passage for a product to pass through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin J Cully, Andrew Joseph Brinkmann, Ronald Lee Nash, William D. Short, Trent C. Lorraine, Jerry J. Hankins
  • Publication number: 20140234524
    Abstract: Animal feed formed with a base of palm fronds and combined with palm fruit, such as dates, is a sustainable and affordable feed product that can be developed in hot climates. Palm fronds with a desired moisture content are shredded, chopped, and/or ground, and mixed with palm fruit. Additives such as urea can increase the nutritional content. Feeds with palm fronds, palm fruit, and/or additives can serve as a base feed for other components. Palm fronds can also serve as a base feed for other components. Animal feeds with a variety of bases can have palm fruit added. Animal feeds with a variety of bases, including palm fronds, can include a variety of other components added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Palm Silage, Inc.
    Inventor: James Clifford Parks
  • Patent number: 8802181
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a low sodium salt composition and the methods used to make it. The low sodium salt composition includes sodium chloride and a modified chloride salt composition. The modified chloride salt composition includes a homogenous amalgamation of chloride salt, food grade acidulant, and carrier, which does not contain sodium chloride. The modified chloride salt composition may be combined with sodium chloride to form a low sodium salt composition. The modified chloride salt composition may be enhanced to increase particle size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: S & P Ingredient Development, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Grossbier, Marcello Bermea, Sambasiva Rao Chigurupati
  • Patent number: 8795749
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a processed blend from two or more fresh plant materials, including a first fresh plant material containing lipophilic vitamin and a second fresh plant material containing hydrophilic vitamin; said process comprising: A. a first pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the first fresh plant material; •cooking said pieces; comminuting the cooked pieces to produce a lipophilic vitamin containing puree; and said first pre-treatment regime additionally comprising the addition of oil; B. a second pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the second fresh plant material; and •blanching said pieces to produce a hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; C. combining the lipophilic vitamin containing puree and the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; wherein the lipophilic vitamin containing puree is homogenised at a high pressure before or after being combined with the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Mia Claire Benjamin, Jadwiga Malgorzata Bialek, Daniel Anthony Jarvis, Hendrikus Theodorus W M van der Hijden
  • Publication number: 20140212558
    Abstract: A method and installation for processing a mass of pumpable foodstuff material, for example a ground meat mass. The installation comprises a hopper and a positive displacement pump having an inlet and an outlet. A tube structure connects to the outlet of the pump and has a mouth, e.g. leading to a moulding device or a sausage machine. A controllable vacuum assembly is provided to cause controlled evacuation of air from the mass in the trajectory of the mass from and including the hopper to and including a pump chamber at a position where it is in communication with the pump inlet. A controllable aeration assembly is provided to cause controlled introduction of a gas into the mass at one or more locations in the trajectory of the mass between the pump outlet and the mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MAREL TOWNSEND FURTHER PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Spierts, Thomas W. Dekker, Martinus J. Willebrordus
  • Patent number: 8789459
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a food heating device includes a first platen and a first conveyor arranged and spaced to transport a food product between the first platen (501) and the first conveyor (503). A second platen (501) and a second conveyor (503) arranged and spaced to transport the food product (203) between the second platen (501) and the second conveyor (503). A first end of the first platen (501) is disposed near a first end of the second conveyor (503) and a first end of the first conveyor (503) is disposed near a first end of the second platen (501) such that the food product (203) is automatically transferred from the first platen (501) to the second platen (501).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Terry Tae-Il Chung, Loren Veltrop, Brian Hee-Eun Lee, Donald Van Erden, Christopher B. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8778434
    Abstract: A method and system for preparing a granulated product, whereby one or more ingredients are first ground in a centrifugal grinding unit, and then granulated in a centrifugal granulating unit before being fed to a centrifugal mixing and flavoring unit; each of the centrifugal units having a tubular outer shell having an axis and defining a processing chamber; and a powered shaft housed in the shell, coaxially with the axis, and fitted with a row of appendixes projecting radially from, and connected integrally and interchangeably to, the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Federici
  • Patent number: 8771776
    Abstract: A method to produce a food product comprises the steps of providing a plurality of flint corn kernels; drying the flint corn kernels; popping the flint corn kernels; cooling the porous, airy, elastic foam particles produced during popping; cutting with a moving blade said porous, airy foam particles into pieces having a width greater than 0.005 inches to produce an elastic, air entrained popcorn flour occupying a volume; and, vacuum packaging the elastic popcorn flour to reduce the volume occupied by the popcorn flour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Todd W Gocha, Joseph Dileonardo
  • Publication number: 20140186511
    Abstract: Cocoa nuggets and methods for their manufacture are disclosed. The nuggets are formed by providing a dough including, on a dry basis, at least 30% by weight cocoa powder, the dough having a moisture content of at least 10% to about 52% by weight. The dough is processed into nuggets having a moisture content of not greater than about 15% by weight. The nuggets can be crunchy or chewy and can be used as an ingredient such as an inclusion or a topping for food products in order to increase antioxidant levels and the method of creating the nuggets results in minimal loss of antioxidant capacity as a result of processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: THE HERSHEY COMPANY
    Inventor: Xiaoying WANG