|Publication number||US20060157544 A1|
|Application number||US 11/039,694|
|Publication date||Jul 20, 2006|
|Filing date||Jan 18, 2005|
|Priority date||Jan 18, 2005|
|Publication number||039694, 11039694, US 2006/0157544 A1, US 2006/157544 A1, US 20060157544 A1, US 20060157544A1, US 2006157544 A1, US 2006157544A1, US-A1-20060157544, US-A1-2006157544, US2006/0157544A1, US2006/157544A1, US20060157544 A1, US20060157544A1, US2006157544 A1, US2006157544A1|
|Inventors||James Chomic, William Statelman|
|Original Assignee||Norse Dairy Systems, Llc|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (14), Classifications (4), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to packaging for components of frozen novelties. More particularly, the invention relates to a unique form of a cone sleeve used for pre-packaged ice cream cone desserts.
2. Discussion of the Prior Art
Pre-packaged frozen novelties, are quite common, including desserts such as ice cream cones. Such ice cream cones typically are individually wrapped in a corresponding cone-shaped sleeve covering at least the cone portion of the frozen novelty product. The cone sleeves are commonly made with a paper, foil or paper and foil laminate substrate that is rolled into a cone shape, having a tip at one end and being open at the other end. Such cone-shaped packages offer structural protection for the cone, and often include a lid, attached by means such as gluing or crimping the lid to the open end of the cone shaped sleeve.
While paper is a good material for receiving printing, it has drawbacks as a material for cone sleeves. Paper tends to absorb moisture and does not provide a good barrier to moisture or air, which are harmful to the freshness of a product. Also, paper, foil or paper and foil laminates often present difficulties to the consumer when trying to open the individually wrapped ice cream cone packages. Such materials can be difficult to tear, and often tear in unpredictable patterns. Therefore, they may include perforations to facilitate tearing. However, the perforations then compromise the effectiveness of the air and moisture barrier provided by the cone sleeve. Cone sleeves employing foil also can raise issues when subjecting the products to metal detection testing.
The purpose and advantages of the invention will be set forth in and apparent from the description and drawings that follow, as well as will be learned by practice of the invention.
The new invention replaces the paper, foil or laminated paper and foil substrate historically used for the conical sleeves that surround individually pre-packaged ice cream cones with a cone-shaped sleeve made at least of one layer of a polymer film. The polymer film layer also may be included in a laminate with at least another layer of polymer film or with a layer of metallized polymer film. These new polymer film based cone sleeves will provide three unique advantages that are not all present in sleeves of current substrates. First, polymer film based cone sleeves will provide a superior air and moisture barrier that will enhance product quality in the form of maintaining the texture and freshness, resulting in increased shelf life and consumer satisfaction. Second, the use of polymer film based materials will provide enhanced graphic display allowing for excellent printing quality, including techniques such as reverse printing which currently is not available on paper based sleeves. Third, such polymer film based materials provide greater ease and predictability in tearing, without the need for perforations that would otherwise compromise the integrity and barrier characteristics of the package. If the polymer film used does not include any metal, the cone sleeves additionally may be passed through metal detection devices, providing enhanced security checks, unlike sleeves using prior art metal foils. Accordingly, the present invention addresses shortcomings in the prior art, while providing the above mentioned desirable features in a unique cone-shaped sleeve product.
The present invention is generally embodied in a package for hand-held frozen ice cream cones comprising a rolled, cone-shaped polymer film sleeve. In a first aspect of the invention, the film sleeve is sealed along a side wall. In a second aspect of the invention, the package further comprises a tip at a first end and is sealed at a second end opposite the tip. In a third aspect of the invention, the package may further comprise a laminate of at least two layers of polymer film. In a fourth aspect of the invention, the seal at the second end may be formed by a heat seal operation. In a fifth aspect of the invention, the package further includes a lid located at the second end.
It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and provided for purposes of explanation only, and are not restrictive of the invention, as claimed. Further features and objects of the present invention will become more fully apparent in the following description of the preferred embodiments and from the appended claims.
In describing the preferred embodiments, reference is made to the accompanying drawing figures wherein like parts have like reference numerals, and wherein:
It should be understood that the drawings are not to scale. While some details of the preferred embodiments of the package of the present invention, and other plan and section views of the particular components, have been omitted, such details are not per se part of the present invention and are considered within the comprehension of those skilled in the art in light of the present disclosure. It also should be understood that the present invention is not limited to the preferred embodiments illustrated.
Referring generally to
A package 10 having a polymer film ice cream cone sleeve 30 of the present invention, as shown in
The film layer 40 also may be a part of a laminate substrate which includes two or more layers of polymer film, such as shown in
Upon winding the film layer 40 or laminate into a cone-shaped sleeve 30, it is desirable to seal the sleeve along a side wall 36 by using cold or hot production-applied adhesive, although pre-applied pressure sensitive adhesive also may be used. One may use both a cold adhesive, and for initial bonding, a heat-activated adhesive, hot glue or other heat sealing operation to complete the seal along the side wall. It is preferred that any adhesive be applied at a small distance, such as 3-7 millimeters, from the edge of the film layer. This seal location essentially forms a small flap 38 along the outer side wall seam to enhance the consumer's ability to grasp the film to tear the package away, exposing the ice cream cone 20. To further control the location and predictability of the tearing, it also is preferred that the film layer 40 or laminate have a notch 44 pre-cut in the flap edge, as shown in
The open end 34 of sleeve 30 may extend only to the top of the cone portion of ice cream cone 20 to protect the cone. Alternatively, referring to the embodiment in
A further alternative lid combination is shown with the package 310 in
The alternative embodiments shown in
It will be appreciated that the package for hand-held frozen ice cream cones of the present invention may be provided in various configurations, whether open or sealed. Moreover, a variety of suitable materials of construction, configurations, shapes and sizes for the cone-shaped sleeves may be used to satisfy the particular needs and requirements of ice cream cone producers. It also should be understood that where use of a lid is preferred, a variety of materials, constructions, configurations, shapes and sizes for lids may be used in completing ice cream cone packages. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications can be made without departing from the scope or spirit of the present invention.
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|Jan 11, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: NORSE DAIRY SYSTEMS, LLC, OHIO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:CHOMIC, JR., JAMES H.;STATELMAN, WILLIAM;REEL/FRAME:016204/0689;SIGNING DATES FROM 20050104 TO 20050106