EXPANDABLE GUSSETED SLEEVE FOR A POUCH

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United States of America Patent

APP PUB NO 20160023835A1
SERIAL NO

14241617

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A method for heating an edible product enclosed within a pouch. The method includes placing the pouch within a sleeve having a wall extending between an open first end and a second end having a sleeve gusset. The edible product within the pouch is then heated causing the pouch to bulge due to an increase in pressure within the pouch. The bulging pouch pushes against the wall of the sleeve causing the sleeve to bulge and un-fold the sleeve gusset at the second end. The increased pressure within the pouch may also unseal at least one sealed vent on the pouch. Once heated, the pouch is torn open along one or more tear lines, thereby providing access to the edible content of the pouch. In some embodiments, the sleeve is reusable and included in a kit having two or more pouches.

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GENERAL MILLS, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN574

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
EL-AFANDI, Ali Maplewood, US 23 50
PURKEY, Todd Apple Valley, US 6 15
SCOTT, Christopher St. Louis Park, US 22 89

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 2007/0215,626 Thermally insulative container sleeve 13 2006
 
AOHATA CORPORATION (1)
* 2010/0136,179 POUCHED LIQUID FOOD PRODUCT 9 2008
 
MARS, INCORPORATED (1)
* 2003/0002,755 Pillow pouch packaging with reinforcing elements 10 2002
 
E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (1)
* 2006/0289,513 Container for preparing a comestible article in microwave oven, and a self-contained comestible article utilizing the same 5 2004
 
RYT-WAY PACKAGING CORPORATION (1)
* 4734288 Package for expandable food product 72 1987
 
CONAGRA FOODS RDM, INC. (1)
* 2009/0022,858 Food product and cooking apparatus 29 2007
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
* 2006/0193,541 Container including removable integral upper portion 13 2005
 
B&G FOODS NORTH AMERICA, INIC. (1)
* 2010/0285,180 DONENESS INDICATOR FOR HEAT-IN PACKAGING AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME 3 2010
 
AMCOR FLEXIBLES KREUZLINGEN LTD. (1)
* 2012/0261,413 PACKAGING UNIT COMPRISING A PACKAGING POUCH AND OUTER PACKAGING 0 2010
 
Packaging Concepts, Inc. (1)
* 5211975 Microwavable food containing package including a susceptor sleeve 13 1991
 
UNILEVER BESTFOODS, NORTH AMERICA, DIVISION OF CONOPCO, INC. (1)
* 2005/0013,905 Insulated pouch 4 2003
 
KAPAK CORPORATION (1)
* 2005/0079,251 Flexible pouch-bowl arrangement and methods 5 2003
 
GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, LLC (1)
* 2005/0077,291 Collapsible microwave popcorn box 5 2003
* Cited By Examiner

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