|Publication number||US20100102109 A1|
|Application number||US 12/259,917|
|Publication date||Apr 29, 2010|
|Filing date||Oct 28, 2008|
|Priority date||Oct 28, 2008|
|Publication number||12259917, 259917, US 2010/0102109 A1, US 2010/102109 A1, US 20100102109 A1, US 20100102109A1, US 2010102109 A1, US 2010102109A1, US-A1-20100102109, US-A1-2010102109, US2010/0102109A1, US2010/102109A1, US20100102109 A1, US20100102109A1, US2010102109 A1, US2010102109A1|
|Inventors||Michael S. Flecker, Michael J. Devore, Gregory W. Arnold, H. Michael Ableman|
|Original Assignee||Flecker Michael S, Devore Michael J, Arnold Gregory W, Ableman H Michael|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (2), Classifications (12)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The disclosure relates generally to confectionary packaging, and in particular to a confectionary package combing the advantages of differing material properties.
Confectionary packaging has included many forms including the basic paperboard box, the foil wrapper, complex formed plastic containers, and shrink-wrapped versions of all of these. Most confectionary packaging in the market is either a paperboard box or a formed plastic container.
Paperboard boxes are favored by some manufacturers because of low cost of manufacturing, low cost of printing, low cost of shipping, ease of filling, adjustable size, and biodegradability. Paperboard boxes have disadvantages in that they have limited metering capabilities, have a very limited resealing once opened, and have a low perceived value in the market.
Formed plastic containers are favored by other manufacturers because of better metering, better closing, longer lasting, and an increase in perceived value. Formed plastic containers have disadvantages in that they are costly to manufacture, require substantial investment to change once production has begun, have a low incidence of recycling, and are perceived in the market as wasteful due to environmental impact.
No container in the prior art provides the advantages of both types of containers without the disadvantages.
Embodiments of the present disclosure generally provide a confectionary package comprised of a formed plastic top and a paperboard body joined to provide the substantial advantages of a paperboard box with the substantial advantages of formed plastic container.
A confectionary package is disclosed having a metering top, a paperboard body, and means for securing the body to the top. The metering top having an upper surface, a skirt extending below the upper surface, an opening in the upper surface sized to meter a portion of confectionary, and a hinged door having a closed position and sized to cover the opening when in the closed position. The body being formed of paperboard folded and secured into a generally tubular shape having an upper end and a lower end, the upper end having a cross section sized to mate with the metering top, and the lower end including flaps that may be closed creating a sealed container. The adhesive may be a label placed over the metering top and extending down the sides of the paperboard body.
Other technical features may be readily apparent to one skilled in the art from the following figures, descriptions, and claims.
For a more complete understanding of this disclosure and its features, reference is now made to the following description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
The present disclosure generally provides for a confectionary package. “Confectionary” in this context would include candies, gums, mints, chocolates and other similarly packaged snack foods that are generally kept on the person or in purses and consumed in small numbers over time. This would include some pharmaceutical delivery means such as nicotine gums, cough drops, and antacid tablets, and other candy-like consumables.
Another feature more visible in this view is hinged door 20 covering opening 22 in top 14. As is explained below, the size and orientation of opening 22 is chosen to facilitate metering of the confectionary. Door 20 is then sized to seal opening 22.
Also shown is skirt 24 extending down from upper surface 26 of top 14. Skirt 24 slides within body 12 and can be sized to provide a friction fit between top 14 and body 12.
Also shown in this view is the overlap between skirt 24 and body 12 and the closure of flaps 18. Body 12 is sized to fit over skirt 24 as shown. Skirt adhesive 29 may be applied between body 12 and skirt 24 as shown in
Door 20 can be made to securely close by incorporating a snap, detent, overlapping ridge, or other means well known in the industry. Door 20 can be made such that a closed position is maintained until a user opens door 20 using various structures well known in the art. It is also understood that door 20 could be arranged to slide from a closed position to an open position as is well known in the art.
Body 12 can be made of plain paperboard, but offers the advantage of being made with interior or exterior coatings to improve the performance of body 12 and package 10. Interior coatings may include a foil barrier layer, waxed coatings, or other coatings based on the confection to be stored in body 12. Exterior coatings would include decorative elements based on the marketing of the confection and consumer interface with the body 12 or additional barrier layers.
It may be advantageous to set forth definitions of certain words and phrases used in this patent document. The term “couple” and its derivatives refer to any direct or indirect communication between two or more elements, whether or not those elements are in physical contact with one another. The terms “include” and “comprise,” as well as derivatives thereof, mean inclusion without limitation. The term “or” is inclusive, meaning and/or. The phrases “associated with” and “associated therewith,” as well as derivatives thereof, may mean to include, be included within, interconnect with, contain, be contained within, connect to or with, couple to or with, be communicable with, cooperate with, interleave, juxtapose, be proximate to, be bound to or with, have, have a property of, or the like.
While this disclosure has described certain embodiments and generally associated methods, alterations and permutations of these embodiments and methods will be apparent to those skilled in the art. Accordingly, the above description of example embodiments does not define or constrain this disclosure. Other changes, substitutions, and alterations are also possible without departing from the spirit and scope of this disclosure, as defined by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||229/102, 229/120.02, 229/125.01, 206/525|
|International Classification||B65D85/00, B65D5/00, B65D43/00, B65D25/04|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D15/08, B65D15/22|
|European Classification||B65D15/08, B65D15/22|