Product With Drinking Tube Patents (Class 426/85)
  • Patent number: 9145256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements in the preparation of beverages and, in particular, to an improved cartridge for preparing beverages in brewing machines. The cartridges can also be used for preparing liquid food products. The cartridge comprises a continuous elongate tubular chamber containing the at least one ingredient providing a fluid flow path linking an inlet for the introduction of the liquid at one end of the chamber to an outlet for discharge of the beverage or food product at an opposite end of the chamber. The chamber has an internal width to length ratio in the range of 1:4 to 1:200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Denis Fisk, Ayse Tulay Massey, Nick Andrew Hansen
  • Patent number: 9017749
    Abstract: A beverage flavoring apparatus comprising of an elongated tubular body, having at least three elongated hollow sections and a container for holding liquid flavor. The top hollow section is for suction and at least one of the hollow sections is adapted to receive liquid flavor and it has a smaller cross sectional area and shorter length which enables the flavoring liquid to be introduced into the beverage stream in minute quantity. The other hollow section is adapted to receive beverage. The container is mounted or loaded on the elongated tubular body so that the section adapted to receive liquid flavor is immersed in the liquid flavor while the other hollow section is dipped in a beverage. As oral suction is being applied, both the liquid flavor and the beverage are drawn up the tubular body and mixes at the hollow suction end before ingestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Babatope Sewande Ayeni
  • Patent number: 9005684
    Abstract: A drinking straw for progressively adding an active ingredient to a carrier liquid as the liquid is drawn through the straw. The straw includes a generally elongate tubular body having an internal bore and a sidewall. The tube includes first and second filters and disposed at respective first and second ends and, of the tube. Together, the first and second filters retain a predetermined measure of soluble active ingredients within the bore of the tube, while allowing a carrier liquid to be drawn through the straw, by oral suction. The active ingredient, takes the form of a plurality of solid pellets. Each filter is formed by blocking, closing or constricting the tube at or adjacent the corresponding end and providing at least one aperture sized to be sufficiently small to retain the pellets within the tube whilst sufficiently large to allow passage of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Unistraw Patent Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Patent number: 8980348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unistraw Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Patent number: 8931634
    Abstract: A drinking straw that can be used to dispense a substance such as vitamins, pharmaceuticals, or diet supplements that is stored inside of the straw body. The straw includes a one-way liquid flow valve at one end of straw that prevents drawn liquid and any of the dissolved materials from returning to the initial liquid source that is drawn through the straw when the straw is not in use. The straw may include a one-way valve or crimp for acting as a one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8889204
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus to ease the consumption of drink and food including a sleeve of flexible material, a perforation formed in one end of the sleeve configured to be removed and form an opening in communication with a chamber formed in the sleeve. The apparatus also includes a straw with a first end to be inserted into the chamber through the sleeve, and a second end with at least one prong to be inserted into the chamber and the food. The second end may be inserted through the opening. The invention also provides a method of consuming food and drink from an apparatus. The invention further provides a method of assembling a snack apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Conroy
  • Publication number: 20140288495
    Abstract: Timed release capsules administered in beverage preparations may be used for delayed release of flavor or color enhancements, and pharmaceuticals. A composite timed release capsule includes: a first layer, including a first material; a second layer, including a second material, such that the second material further includes inner bodies; and an inner layer, which includes a third material. A composite straw includes: a standard straw; a snap-off cap; an upper stop; a lower stop; timed release capsules, retained in position between the snap-off cap and the upper stop; composite timed release capsules, retained in position between the upper stop and the lower stop. A user can remove the snap-off cap to pour the timed release capsules into a drinking container, insert the composite straw into the drinking container, where the composite timed release capsules dissolve, and embedded inner bodies fall into the beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Alejandro I. Olmos
  • Publication number: 20140017360
    Abstract: A drinking straw comprises a thermoplastic tube and an active ingredient in the tube, releasable in a liquid drawn through the tube. The active ingredient is held in place between branched portions of the straw defined by neighbouring recesses formed in the tube and an inner seam connecting the neighbouring recesses. The branched portions are spaced from the ends of the straw. A device and method for making the drinking straw are disclosed as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Publication number: 20140004228
    Abstract: Plastic drinking straws formed by extrusion from a multi-head extruder have at least partial layers of plastic on their outer and/or inner diameters, with the layers formed of scented and/or flavored plastics. These straws are generally used by children and the scents or flavors add to their novelty. They may be imprinted with spiral patterns produced by rotating the extruding straws and passing them against a rotating print wheel having its rotational axis inclined to the path of the straws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Lipson
  • Patent number: 8584966
    Abstract: An extensible straw for incorporation as an integral component of a disposable or collapsible beverage container has telescoping tubes extensible from the container, a screw cap and multiple seals preventing inadvertent leakage from the container whether the container is maintained upright or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Sharla D. Roche, Gary V. VanMeter
  • Publication number: 20130302472
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drinking straw comprising: a thermoplastic wall having an elongate container portion; liquid permeable closures closing off the container portion; at least one effervescent tablet disposed within the container portion such that a clearance is left between the inner side of the wall and the at least one tablet; a hygroscopic filler disposed at both sides of the at least one tablet within the container portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Publication number: 20130295232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20130287902
    Abstract: A beverage flavoring apparatus comprising of an elongated tubular body, having at least three elongated hollow sections and a container for holding liquid flavor. The top hollow section is for suction and at least one of the hollow sections is adapted to receive liquid flavor and it has a smaller cross sectional area and shorter length which enables the flavoring liquid to be introduced into the beverage stream in minute quantity. The other hollow section is adapted to receive beverage. The container is mounted or loaded on the elongated tubular body so that the section adapted to receive liquid flavor is immersed in the liquid flavor while the other hollow section is dipped in a beverage. As oral suction is being applied, both the liquid flavor and the beverage are drawn up the tubular body and mixes at the hollow suction end before ingestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Babatope Sewande Ayeni
  • Patent number: 8535744
    Abstract: A device and method for creating fruit juice utilizing a flexible bag having an upper fruit receiving portion for receiving a piece of fruit therein and a lower juice receiving portion, such portions separated by a mesh screen. There is a resealable closure member at the top of the fruit receiving portion. The flexible bag with fruit therein is then frozen and later thawed. The fruit receiving portion with fruit therein is squeezed to release juice from the fruit which passes through the mesh screen into the juice receiving portion which is accessible through a channel defined in the fruit receiving portion and mesh screen through which a straw can be passed into the juice receiving portion for drinking the juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Hamid Taghaddos
  • Publication number: 20130149282
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to edible and biodegradable eating utensils and edible and biodegradable containers. In one aspect a method of making and preserving an edible and biodegradable utensil or container is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: David Christopher Marshall
  • Patent number: 8409643
    Abstract: Methods of coating the interior surface of a hollow tubular structure, in particular a drinking device, and more particularly a drinking straw, with an edible composition to impart a desirable modification to a beverage that is drunk through the straw. The edible composition comprises an adhering agent and a powdered ingredient coated to the interior surface. Suitable adhering agents include lipids (e.g., soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, peanut oil, and mixtures thereof), medium chain triglycerides oils, emulsifiers, and mixtures thereof. Suitable powdered ingredients include edible acids, edible bases, sweeteners, flavorings, vitamins, minerals, colorants, sensate agents, carotenoids, antioxidants, polyphenols, phytonutrients, and mixtures thereof. The adhering agent is applied to the interior surface of the straw by any one of a number of methods followed by incorporating the powdered ingredient into the adhering agent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Anilkumar Ganapati Gaonkar, Cathy Jean Ludwig, Neil Edward Darin, Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 8357117
    Abstract: A device for delivering an agent into breast milk while breastfeeding. In one embodiment, the device includes a breast shield modified to engage a non-woven material which has been impregnated with a milk soluble active agent such as sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS). A lactating animal, e.g. a woman, uses this agent-delivering breast shield during breastfeeding to administer prophylactic or therapeutic agents to a suckling infant. The inventions are particularly well suited to preventing transmission of HIV virus from mother to child. Alternatively, the agent-laden material could be used with a baby bottle nipple or pacifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Family Health International
    Inventors: David C. Sokal, Stephen E Gerrard, Elizabeth Kneen, Ryan Hubbard, Geoff Galgon, Tombozgani Banda
  • Publication number: 20120328741
    Abstract: A device for drinking and adding a substance to a beverage has a tubular section having a first open end and a second open end. An additive is placed in an interior of the tubular section. A device is used for sealing the first open end and the second open end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Hannah, Linda McClenny
  • Patent number: 8334003
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Unistraw Patent Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20120301579
    Abstract: A drink flavoring straw which is characterized by containing dissimilar substance(s) formed in solid pellets which are soluble in the flow of drink, and the solution can be sucked up by the user leaving the pellets in a storage space formed in the straw, where they have been contained, and the said straw is characterized by being formed with one or more figure members on one or more parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Jeong-Min Lee, Seong-Jae Lee
  • Publication number: 20120276253
    Abstract: A metallic foil pouch whose body has a contour of convex and concave curvatures and lacks right-angled edges. The body has one side transparent or translucent and an opposite side of metallic foil. The contents of the body include an alcoholic beverage. A straw is secured to the body, which has a portion that is penetrable by manual force for insertion of the straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Ryan Paul Considine, Maria Considine
  • Patent number: 8231067
    Abstract: Disclosed is a straw that consists of a fluid tube including a upstanding continuous sidewall having a proximal end forming an outlet, and an opposing distal end forming an inlet. The outlet and the inlet allow liquids to be drawn through the fluid tube from the distal end to the proximal end under suction pressure. A port extends through the continuous sidewall adjacent the proximal end thereof. The outlet defines a first size, the inlet defines a second size, and the port defines a third size. The second size is at least one of equal to and greater than the first size, and the third size is at least one of equal to and greater than the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Ted R. Robinson
  • Patent number: 7997509
    Abstract: A portion-controlled dispensing straw assembly includes inner and outer telescoping tubes. The outer tube has an upper edge and a lower edge, and the inner tube has an upper edge, a lower edge and an interior chamber for receiving a substance to be dispensed. A seal is disposed within and attached to the outer tube, below the inner tube, for preventing the substance from exiting the interior chamber in a substance-retaining condition. A cap has a lower edge resting on the upper edge of the inner tube in the substance-retaining condition. The cap, upon being depressed, pushes the inner tube within the outer tube to break the seal and allow the substance received in the interior chamber to fall out of the tubes in a substance-releasing condition. The cap, upon being removed, also opens a passage allowing the tubes to be used as a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Dana Karklins, Joseph P. Baratta
  • Publication number: 20110135783
    Abstract: Snacks comprising an organic sugar alcohol and methods for administering servings of fruits and vegetables are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a snack comprising an elongated container containing a composition including an organic sugar alcohol, and a powder such as, for example, a fruit powder, a vegetable powder, an energy powder or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: ELLEN'S ORGANICS, INC.
    Inventor: Ellen Piernick
  • Publication number: 20100221389
    Abstract: A combination of a container in which is disposed a liquid composition in the form of a beverage or liquid food and a drinking straw comprises a hollow elongate tube through which liquid may be drawn by suction. The tube has an outer surface and an inner surface. The combination includes an iron component and an oxidisable oil. The iron component is disposed inside the drinking straw and the oxidisable oil is in the liquid composition. The straw alone is also an aspect of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Leo Gerardus Frenken, Aafje Sierksma, Nicolaas Jan Zuidam
  • Publication number: 20100098808
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making a frozen beverage by arranging a frozen confection in a container with the frozen confection having a three-dimensional shape with a surface area to volume ratio higher than the same volume of frozen confection which assumes the shape of the container and being arranged in the container to provide one or more open spaces or cavities including at least one extending through or around the frozen confection to the bottom of the container. The open spaces or cavities allow liquid to penetrate and enter into the frozen confection to facilitate mixing of the liquid and the frozen confection to form the frozen beverage upon demand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Madansinh Vaghela, Nishant Joshi, Hoo Tung Vincent Chan, Dinakar Panyam
  • Publication number: 20100047399
    Abstract: A consumable liquid is orally drawn into a food product and absorbed by an internal structure of the product, before the product is consumed. The product includes a substantially non-porous coating covering its outer surface. In one embodiment, a channel with a porous filling therein provides fluid communication so that when one opening is immersed in a liquid and a reduced pressure is orally applied to the other opening, the liquid is drawn into the filling and absorbed by the internal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: John J. Philbin
  • Publication number: 20090162492
    Abstract: A drinking straw including an elongated hollow consumable candy shell made from glassified sugar, said candy shell having a cylindrical shape through which liquid is transportable by applying a suction pressure to an end of the candy shell is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: W. Frederick CONWAY, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090041904
    Abstract: A drinking straw (1) for progressively adding an active ingredient to a carrier liquid as the liquid is drawn through the straw. The straw (1) includes a generally elongate tubular body (2) having an internal bore (3) and a sidewall (4). The tube (2) includes first and second filters (5) and (6) disposed at respective first and second ends (7) and (8), of the tube. Together, the first and second filters retain a predetermined measure of soluble active ingredients within the bore of the tube (2), while allowing a carrier liquid to be drawn through the straw, by oral suction. The active ingredient, takes the form of a plurality of solid pellets (9). Each filter is formed by blocking, closing or constricting the tube at or adjacent the corresponding end and providing at least one aperture sized to be sufficiently small to retain the pellets within the tube whilst sufficiently large to allow passage of liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: Unistraw Patent Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20090004336
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instant food package, and an instant food package is provided which includes an instant food cooked by hot liquid, a heat-resistant container holding the instant food inside and having an opening on one side, and a stopper coupled to the opening and configured to allow the opening and closing of the opening, where the instant food moves in correlation with the flow of the liquid and is consumed while poured out through the opening in an opened state, and the liquid is prevented by the stop-per in a closed state from spilling out of the container when it is turned or shaken. Turning or shaking the container may facilitate the heat transfer by convention between the instant food and the hot liquid, to reduce the cooking time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Mi-Hyang La, Seong-Geun Chang
  • Publication number: 20080308584
    Abstract: An article (1) for moving a substance to be consumed (7) in a substance holder (6), which article (1) preferably has a substantially elongated form, which article (1) comprises and/or forms a container which is at least partly filled with a substance (5) other than air to be mixed with said substance for consumption (7). This article (1) can for instance serve as a container and as stirrer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Etienne Herman Walter Blondeel
  • Patent number: 7357863
    Abstract: A fluid container and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes in liquid nutrient in a container, the container having an interior surface having a metal-ion sequestering agent and antimicrobial agent for inhibiting growth of microbes in the liquid nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David L. Patton, Joseph F. Bringley, Richard W. Wien, John M. Pochan, Yannick J. F. Lerat
  • Publication number: 20080075809
    Abstract: A drinking straw that can be used to dispense a substance such as vitamins, pharmaceuticals, or diet supplements that is stored inside of the straw body. The straw includes a one-way liquid flow valve at one end of straw that prevents drawn liquid and any of the dissolved materials from returning to the initial liquid source that is drawn through the straw when the straw is not in use. The straw may include a one-way valve or crimp for acting as a one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7258786
    Abstract: A fluid container and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes in liquid nutrient in a container, the container having an interior surface having a metal-ion sequestering agent for removing a designated metal ion from the liquid nutrient for inhibiting growth of microbes in the liquid nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David L. Patton, Joseph F. Bringley, Richard W. Wien, John M. Pochan, Yannick J. F. Lerat
  • Patent number: 7258916
    Abstract: A fluid container and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes in liquid nutrient in a container, the container having an interior surface having a metal-ion sequestering agent for removing a designated metal ion from the liquid nutrient for inhibiting growth of microbes in the liquid nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David L. Patton, Joseph F. Bringley, Richard W. Wien, John M. Pochan, Yannick J. F. Lerat
  • Patent number: 7258787
    Abstract: A fluid container and method for inhibiting the growth of microbes in liquid nutrient in a container, the container having an interior surface having a metal-ion sequestering agent for removing a designated metal ion from the liquid nutrient for inhibiting growth of microbes in the liquid nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David L. Patton, Joseph F. Bringley, Richard W. Wien, John M. Pochan, Yannick J. F. Lerat
  • Patent number: 7214397
    Abstract: A plug for sucking a beverage from a bottle or the like includes a housing and supporting means for housing and supporting a dissolvable food praline, the beverage being delivered through the plug through a window formed between the outer contour of the praline and the praline housing chamber and/or through at least a praline throughgoing hole. With a “teat” configuration of the plug top portion a sucking, in any desired dissolving degrees, of the praline, depending on the rubbing of a user's tongue on the praline and on the beverage suction, is thereby facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Egidio Renna
  • Patent number: 7115294
    Abstract: A container for bulk items of food, particularly hot dogs, comprising a box with a bottom side mountable on the top of a standard cup/can holding a beverage. A drinking straw is inserted through a side sleeve in the container and an opening in the top of the cup/can into the beverage. A lid is provided which, in one version, is attached along one edge to an edge of the tray. In one position, the lid covers the contents in the tray and in another position, the lid is laid open so that sauces are available for dipping an end of the hot dog in the sauce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventors: Bill Loh, Robert S. Smith
  • Patent number: 7040547
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drinking straw that diverts the flow of liquid away from the upper palate, thereby avoiding discomfort or pain in the upper palate and posterior pharyngeal wall of the mouth. The drinking straw includes an elongate tubular body having a first side surface and a second side surface. At one end of elongate body is an opening defining an intake or suction spout that is to be placed within a beverage container. At the opposite end, an output spout is designed to allow for redirection of a fluid downward and away from the upper palate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: David Nelson
  • Patent number: 7005150
    Abstract: A beverage container configured from a front and a rear surface portion, a base portion, and a pair of gusset portions. The gusset portions configure side portions of the container by being sealed to mutually confronting edge portions of the front and rear surface portions and the base portion. The upper portions of the front and rear surface portions configure a neck portion that has a more slender shape than the remainder of the front and rear surface portions and that extends in a single direction. A notch is formed in the edge sealed portion of the neck portion. The front and rear surface portions are sealed directly together at a predetermined region corresponding to the notch without the gusset portions existing therebetween. A straw extends from and is positioned within the neck portion. The neck portion can be opened from the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Hosokawa Yoko, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Raizo Kuge, Toru Ichikawa, Susumu Niwa, Shuzo Adachi
  • Patent number: 6966252
    Abstract: A device for dispensing into a liquid at least one hydrophilic substance deposited thereon including a body having at least one surface area enhancer and at least one hydrophilic substance deposited on the at least one surface area enhancer, to form a coated surface enhancer, and the body. The hydrophilic substance deposited includes a high intensity sweetener, a nutritive sweetener, a flavoring agent, a drug substance, a vitamin, a mineral, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee J. Hamiel, Shyhyuan Liao, Thomas E. Sox
  • Patent number: 6858239
    Abstract: A feed additive for equines, comprising dried glutamic acid fermentation solubles, dried corn fermentation solubles, or a mixture of dried glutamic acid fermentation solubles and dried corn fermentation solubles, wherein said dried solubles have been dried to a total moisture content of less than 30% by weight at a temperature not less than about 80° F. and not more than about 900.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Biovance Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Julien
  • Publication number: 20040057637
    Abstract: A pouch is provided with a straw hole based on a structure that does not cause problems when the contents is filled therein and which does not generate any pin holes in the side seal section. A structure is also provided that does not cause any trouble when used in an automatic filling machine and a method is provided for manufacturing the same. The pouch has a straw hole (2) for a straw to be inserted therein with the straw hole (2) back-sealed with a seal material (3) from the inside thereof. The seal material (3) covers the straw hole (2), and a portion of the seal material (2) is cut off from the seal material (2) with the size sufficient for heat-sealing a periphery of the straw hole (2). The method of manufacturing the pouch is such that after the straw hole (2) is punched out on a front-side film thereof, a seal tape (6) temporally punched is fed to the rear side of the front-side film. The seal tape (6) is pulled off to leave only the temporally sealed section there.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Akira Nishibe, Charles Murray
  • Patent number: 6706297
    Abstract: A snack food container for containing a snack food product. The snack food container includes a side wall, a bottom wall and a flange body. The side wall forms an upper opening. The bottom wall is connected to the side wall opposite the upper opening. The flange body extends downwardly from the bottom wall and defines an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface is configured for selective attachment to a separate beverage container. Finally, the snack food container defines an internal storage region for containing a snack food product. During use, the snack food container is assembled to a separate beverage container via the inner surface of the flange body. With this configuration, the snack food container can be used in conjunction with a beverage container for “on-the-go” storage and consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary K. Toth, Arne H. Brauner
  • Publication number: 20030203075
    Abstract: An insert for use with a drinking conduit. The insert may include a filter material for positioning within the drinking conduit and an encapsulated flavor delivery system accompanying the filter material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Lee Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 6638549
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and delivering a powdered nutritional supplement comprises: a) an elongated tube; and b) a volume of powdered nutritional supplement contained within the tube. The ends of the tube may be sealed to retain the powdered supplement within the tube, and at least one end may be opened to deliver the powdered supplement from the tube. A method for storing a powdered nutritional supplement comprises the steps of: a) filling an elongated tube with the powdered supplement; and b) sealing the ends of the tube, thereby retaining the powdered supplement within the tube for storage. A method for delivering a powdered nutritional supplement comprises the steps of a) providing a container filled with a volume of the powdered supplement corresponding to a single dose; b) opening the container; and c) allowing the powdered supplement to leave the container for delivery directly into the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Christopher A. Lloyd
  • Publication number: 20030128900
    Abstract: A container that includes a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel sealed together to form a pouch having a first and second side, a gusseted bottom, and a compartment. At one point of the container the seal that seals the panels together forms a channel. The channel leads towards the interior compartment of the pouch and has one or more frangible piercing points that act as a barrier between the compartment and the exterior of the pouch. The frangible piercing point at the end of the column is punctured to remove the materials from the pouch. The present invention pouch further comprises a straw to effectuate piercing the piercing opening to discharge the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: John Lawrie, Donald J. Trombley
  • Publication number: 20030128899
    Abstract: A flexible pouch is provided that includes a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel. The first, second, and third panels are sealed together to form the pouch which includes a first and second side. Each panel is made of a laminate material that can be heat sealed or sonic welded together to form the flexible pouch. One panel further comprises a frangible piercing point designed to be pierced by a straw. The frangible piercing point is made by applying laser energy in a desired pattern to vaporize the outer polyester portion of the laminate material of the pouch. Only laminate material from the outside of the selected panel is removed using the laser to create the frangible piercing point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: John L. Dennis
  • Patent number: 6565899
    Abstract: A novelty device formed of the combination of a drinking straw, beverage bottle cap and a lollipop type edible confection to be attached to a beverage bottle allowing the consumer to simultaneously enjoy and taste the flavors of the lollipop confection and a liquid beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Al Louis Cecere
  • Publication number: 20030087005
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Baron