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USPTO Class 426 Food or edible material: processes, compositions, and products

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    The invention provides a method for making nanofibrillar cellulose with high absorptivity to fat and cholate. According to the invention, dietary fiber material is activated by steam flash explosion and hydrolyzed sequentially by xylanase, laccase and cellulase. Nanofibrillar cellulose is obtained by subjecting the hydrolyzed fiber to high pressure homogenization. Nanofibrillar cellulose is further modified by octenyl succinic anhydride or glycidyl methacrylate to increase its ability to absorb fat and cholate. The method of the invention is safe, clean and environment-friendly. It avoids using toxic reagents, strong acids and bases in the process of preparing nanofibrillar cellulose, making it safe to be used as dietary products. The nanofibrillar cellulose made by the invented method has an oil absorption rate of 20-35 g/g, a water absorption rate of 20-30 g/g, expansivity of 40-70 mL/g, and sodium deoxycholate absorption rate of 0.01-0.2 mmoL/100 mg.

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    A method for increasing satiety from food via use of a nondigestible nonfibrous physical volumizer. Distention of the stomach reduces hunger and increases food satiety. The invention increases volume of the mass being ingested without increasing the caloric value of the ingested quantity. This is achieved by use of a volumizing substance that is not metabolized by the body. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is one material that could be used as a meal-content volumizing substance.

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    Provided herein are drinks (e.g., carbonated drinks) comprising one or more unsaturated fatty acids (e.g., an omega-3, omega-6, and/or omega-9) fatty acids, wherein the drinks are characterized by a low glycemic index and/or an enhanced non-refrigerated shelf life.

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    Disclosed are packet sterilisers for sterilising packaged articles. Some such packet sterilisers comprise: a working surface arranged for receiving a packaged article to be sterilised; a first electrode and a second electrode; wherein the first electrode and the second electrode extend behind a portion of the area of the working surface and the first electrode is disposed between the second electrode and the working surface and the first electrode comprises a plurality of gaps arranged so that, in use, when a voltage difference is applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, the associated electric field is able to extend through the gaps beyond the working surface and into a package of said packaged article to be sterilised, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode comprise adjacent extended surfaces which lie substantially along the direction of the working surface that provides a capacitance related to the adjacent spatial extent of the first electrode and the second electrode and an inductance is provided, wherein the inductance is selected based on that spatial extent to modify the resonant frequency of the electrode arrangement.

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  • 06/25/15--05:00: FOOD AND BEVERAGE APPARATUS
  • A drinking device comprising cup having a continuous side wall with an inner surface and an outer surface, and a bottom surface. The device also includes a basket comprising a magnetic first end and a second end; and a handle comprising a magnetic tab, wherein the magnetic tab of the handle is magnetically attracted to the magnetic first end of the basket through the side wall of the cup.

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  • 06/25/15--05:00: CONDIMENT CONTAINER
  • A condiment container whose form factor is selected to enable the condiment container to be carried and held in place by a standard drink holder. By configuring the condiment container to be received in a standard drink holder, the problems associated with incorporating a condiment container in a drink container lid are overcome.

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    A device for preparing tea using a tea bag which dunks the bag for a selected amount of time, then removes the bag from the tea to end the infusion process. The device allows for a more convenient way to brew healthier and more precisely made tea.

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    The tea bag storage case for the mineral water bottle includes: a main body which has a hollow inside and a cylindrical form of which both ends are closed, the main body including a cap member which has a screw thread formed on the inner circumferential surface of one side to be joined to an inlet of the mineral water bottle and a plurality of pores which are formed in the outer circumferential surface in the longitudinal direction; a tea member which is located inside the main body to make the ingredients infuse by water charged in the mineral water bottle; and a filter member which is hermetically attached to the pores to make water of the mineral water bottle move inside and outside the main body and prevents the tea member from escaping into the mineral water bottle through the pores.

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    A capsule holder for receiving a capsule containing tea material is provided, the capsule holder comprising a sidewall having an upper rim, means for supporting the capsule within the capsule holder, so that the capsule partially covers the area inside the upper rim, a filter situated beneath the intended location of the capsule and an openable and closable passage on the opposite side of the filter from the upper rim. A brewing device comprising the capsule holder and a method of brewing a tea-based beverage in the brewing device are also provided.

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    A dispensing assembly (30) for a machine for the preparation of liquid products using capsules includes: an injector device (50), for introducing into a capsule (10) water and/or steam under pressure; a capsule holder (40), facing the injector device (50) and designed to receive the capsule (10); and an actuation linkage (80), for causing displacements of the capsule holder (40) between a spaced position and a close position with respect to the injector device (50). The dispensing assembly (30) further comprises ejector means (70), which are designed to push the capsule (10) towards the outside of the capsule holder (40) according to the displacement of the capsule holder (40) towards its spaced position from the injector device (50). The ejector means (70) are mechanically constrained to the actuation linkage by means of a mechanical connection.

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    A system (1) for the preparation of beverages includes a beverage supply device (10) for delivering a dose of liquid through a liquid outlet (58) and a beverage receptacle (20) having a base having a liquid inlet (72). The supply device and beverage receptacle may be joined together using a coupling interface (44,46) for connecting the beverage supply device to the base of the beverage receptacle. This allows the liquid to flow into the bottle via the liquid inlet in the base of the beverage receptacle. The system may operate with capsule containing concentrated beverage and may include further accessories.

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    A brewable beverage making machine includes a brewing chamber assembly for holding a brewable substance therein, the brewing chamber assembly including inlet openings for supply of an input liquid therein, an outlet opening at an upper end thereof, and a discharge opening for discharging the brewed liquid, the inlet openings being sized and oriented to cause turbulent agitation; a heater which heats the input liquid supplied to the brewing chamber assembly; an pump for supplying heated liquid from the heater through the inlet openings; a first valve connected with the outlet opening; and a microprocessor which opens the first valve during initial filling of the brewing chamber assembly with the heated liquid and closes the first valve when the heated liquid reaches a predetermined level in the brewing chamber assembly to cause pressurization of the heated liquid in the brewing chamber assembly during a brewing operation.

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    The invention relates to a food-processing apparatus comprising a processing vessel and at least 4 flow loops for unit operations, wherein the flow loops each comprises a product inlet, a product outlet, and a pumping device for circulating the product through the flow loop; the flow loops are directly installed on the processing vessel and in communication with the processing vessel. In preferred embodiment the apparatus comprises a reactor-vessel flow loop; a top-head flow loop; a high-shear flow loop; a direct-cooling flow loop; a direct-heating flow loop; and a temporary-surge flow loop. The invention also relates to use of the food-processing apparatus for the processing of liquid food.

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    Described herein are manufactured dietary supplements that contain a phospholipid extract derived from eggs, where the extract contains phospholipid-docosahexanoic acid derived from eggs, folate, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, calcium, iron, N-Acytl-L-Cysteine, iodine, and magnesium. Described herein are manufactured dietary supplements that contain a phospholipid extract derived from eggs and the extract contains two forms of phospholipid-docosahexanoic acid derived from eggs. One form of phospholipid-docosahexanoic acid is phosphatidylcholine-docosahexanoic acid, and another form of phospholipid-docosahexanoic acid is phosphatidylethanolamine-docosahexanoic acid. And the phopholipid extract has less than about 3% by weight of free triglycerides.

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    Provided are composite particles which exhibit excellent fluidity and high liquid retentivity and which exhibit high fluidity even in a liquid-holding sate. Also provided are composite particles which permit direct compressing in an open feed manner and which suffer from little compressing trouble and exhibit high shapability. When shaped together with an active ingredient, the composite particles provide shaped bodies which have uniform weight, uniform active ingredient content, and high hardness and which suffer from less galling.

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    The invention relates to cleaning and food processing aide applications whereby unique compositions of GRAS or food additives were developed to assess the effectiveness of cleaning procedures at various stages of the processes and to assess the delivery and adherence of food processing aides. Employing such solutions to clean and/or sanitize processing equipment provides a method to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of procedures used to remove the respective fluorescent detergents, sanitizers or organic residues from equipment or niches and reduce contamination. Similar compositions were developed for assessing processing aide food surface coverage, contact time and adherence. In addition, unique compositions were invented that increase processing aide coverage and adherence. Quantification of the presence or absence of the fluorescent GRAS or food additive compositions produces results for validation, monitoring and/or verification of food safety intervention procedures/processes.

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  • 06/25/15--05:00: CUPCAKE OR MUFFIN BOX
  • Disclosed is a container having a polygonal base having n sides, where n is an integer between 4 and 8, inclusive; n adjacent sidewalls, each sidewall having a top, a bottom, and first and opposing sides, the bottom of each sidewall attached to one of the sides of the polygonal base and the first side of each sidewall forming a corner with the second side of the adjacent sidewall; and at least one protrusion, each protrusion having a top protrusion edge extending inwardly from one of the sidewall corners.

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    A packaging assembly (10) includes a carton (12) having opposed rear and front walls and an end wall interconnecting the rear and front walls at one end to define an interior volume. A dispensing opening (26) through which products (106) may be dispensed is defined between the front and rear walls at a second end. A closure (28) is movable between a closed position and a product dispensing position. The assembly includes at least one stack of elongate comestible products (106) which is at least partially enclosed about one end by means of a flexible outer wrapper affixed to the carton. In one embodiment, the wrapper only encases a lower portion of the stack. In an alternative embodiment (FIG. 9), the wrapper fully encases the stack but an opening portion of the wrapper is adhered to closure so as to be removed when the carton is first opened.

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    The invention relates to a portion capsule for producing a beverage, comprising a capsule body, which has a capsule bottom and a lid, wherein a cavity for accommodating a powdery or liquid beverage Substrate is formed between the capsule bottom and the lid and wherein a filter element is arranged in the cavity. The invention further relates to a method for producing a portion capsule and the use of the portion capsule to produce a beverage.

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    The present invention relates to novel polypeptides and enzymes (e.g., thermostable proteins and enzymes) having activities relating to biomass processing and/or degradation (e.g., cell wall deconstruction), as well as polynucleotides, vectors, cells, compositions and tools relating to same, or functional variants thereof. More particularly, the present invention relates to secreted enzymes that may be isolated from the fungi, Scytalidium thermophilum strain CBS 625.91, Myriococcum thermophilum strain CBS 389.93, and Aureobasidium pullulans strain ATCC 62921. Uses thereof in various industrial processes such as in biofuels, food preparation, animal feed, pulp and paper, textiles, detergents, waste treatment and others are also disclosed.

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