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Title:
A PACKET FOR FRENCH FRIES AND A PLANO FOR ASSEMBLING SUCH PACKET
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/099587
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A packet (10) for french fries comprising a bottom (11), side walls, a front- and a back-wall (12) and a closable lid (13), which packet has a total surface area and is provided with perforations (8, 8') that collectively have an open area which is set at a preselected ratio of the total surface area, wherein said perforations are provided in the lid and in the front- and back-wall. The packet is made from a one-piece plano (1) comprising a connecting member (2) that connects on opposite sides of said member to a first and a second side member (3, 4). The first and the second side member are each tapering with an increasing width with increasing distance from the connecting member, wherein said width is measured perpendicularly to a body axis (5) extending through the first and second side member and the connecting member.

Inventors:
VAN DIJK DIRK (NL)
VERMEER MIKE (NL)
Application Number:
PCT/NL2016/050846
Publication Date:
June 15, 2017
Filing Date:
December 06, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LAMBWESTON/MEIJER VOF (NL)
International Classes:
B65D5/02; A47G21/00; B65D5/42
Foreign References:
US20150028088A12015-01-29
DE202011051768U12013-01-31
US4915235A1990-04-10
US5720429A1998-02-24
EP1712481A12006-10-18
EP0867379B12002-08-14
US20150028088A12015-01-29
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
VAN BREDA, Jacques (1017 XS Amsterdam, NL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A packet (10) for french fries comprising a bottom

(11) , side walls, a front- and a back-wall (12) and a closable lid (13), which packet has a total surface area and is provid¬ ed with perforations (8, 8') that collectively have an open area which is set at a preselected ratio of the total surface area, wherein said perforations (8') are at least provided in the lid (13), characterized in that the perforations are fur¬ ther provided in the front- and back-wall (12) .

2. The packet of claim 1, characterized in that said ratio is set in the range of 3 - 10%.

3. The packet of claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the perforations (8, 8') are at least in part embodied as openings (8'') next to the lid (13) .

4. The packet of any one of the preceding claims 1 - 3, characterized in that the bottom (11) of the packet is con¬ cave .

5. The packet of any one of the preceding claims 1 - 4, characterized in that the perforations (8) in the front- and back-wall (12) are restricted to an area in the bottom's vicinity.

6. The packet of claim 5, characterized in that the bottom's vicinity extends from the bottom (11) up to a third of the total height of the front- and back-wall (12) .

7. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 6, character- ized in that an open area of the perforations (8') in the lid

(13) and/or the openings (8'') next to the lid is larger than an open area of perforations (8) in the front- and back-wall

(12) at the bottom's vicinity.

8. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 7, character- ized in that the perforations (8) in the front- and back-wall

(12) are provided with dimensions to prevent passing of fries with sizes 6 x 6 mm and/or 9 x 9 mm.

9. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 8, characterized in that the front- and back-wall (12) taper away from each other when looked from the bottom (11) upwards.

10. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 9, characterized in that the front- and back-wall (12) smoothly convert into each other so as to provide the packet (10) with a sub¬ stantially rounded exterior.

11. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 10, characterized in that the packet (10) is made out of one piece of material.

12. The packet of any one of claims 1 - 11, characterized in that the packet (10) is made from a piano (1) .

13. A one-piece piano (1) for a packet for french fries, comprising a connecting member (2) that connects on op- posite sides of said member (2) to a first and a second side member (3, 4) , wherein the first and the second side member (3, 4) are each tapering with an increasing width with increasing distance from the connecting member (2), wherein said width is measured perpendicularly to a body axis (5) extending through the first and second side member (3, 4) and the con¬ necting member (2), and wherein one of the first and second side member (3, 4) connects to an extension piece (6) which is embodied to serve as a lid (13) in a configuration of the pia¬ no (1) wherein it is assembled into a packet (10) for french fries, and wherein the first side member (3) and/or the second side member (4) and/or the extension piece (6) is provided with perforations (8, 8'), characterized in that the first side member (3) and the second side member (4) form a front- and back-wall (12) when the piano is formed into the packet (10), and the perforations (8) in the first side member (3) and/or the second side member (4) are provided in a region spanning a maximum of one third of said members' length, which region is adjacent to the connecting member (2) .

14. The piano of claim 13, characterized in that the perforations (8) in the first side member (3) and/or the sec¬ ond member (4) are dimensioned to prevent passing of fries of 6 x 6 mm and/or 9 x 9 mm.

15. The piano of claim 13 or 14, characterized in that an open area provided by the perforations (8) in the first side member (3) and/or the second side member (4) is smaller than an open area of the perforations (8') in the ex¬ tension piece (6) .

16. The piano of any one of claims 13 - 15, characterized in that the piano (1) has a total surface area and is provided with perforations (8, 8') that collectively have an open area, wherein a ratio of the open area and the total sur¬ face area is set in the range of 3 - 10%.

Description:
A packet for french fries and a piano for assembling such packet

The invention relates to a packet for french fries at least comprising a bottom and side walls and having a total surface area, and provided with perforations that collectively have an open area which is set at a preselected ratio of the total surface area.

EP-B-0 867 379 discloses a bag for wrapping food, in particular bread, which is made of a composite material with at least one first layer of a cellulose containing material and a second layer of plastic, wherein the composite material is perforated and a ratio of an open area to the overall area of the composite material is set in the range from 1/50 to 1/250 (0.4 - 2 %) .

Applicant has investigated this known bag and has found that it is unsuitable as a packet for french fries, in particular because the fries do not survive an extended stay or holding time in the packets without losing their bite.

Both consumers of french fries and the sellers of such french fries place several demands on packets to be used for such french fries. These demands are at least partly in line with each other. The sellers require that the packets en ¬ able easy filling with fried/cooked or prepared fries, and that the packets in stock will not take much space. Consumers of french fries require that the fries can survive a minimum holding time in the packets without losing their crispy tex ¬ ture. Investigations have shown that there is a need for a packet for french fries which allows a holding time for the fries of approximately 20 minutes, where after the fries still must be crispy and meet a so-called crunching test to deter ¬ mine the crispiness of the fries by chewing. Reportedly a good crispiness requires at least five times chewing wherein the fries generate crunchiness in the mouth. Furthermore the pack- ets must enable easy transportation, and must provide easy opening, good access to the fries, etc.

US2015/0028088 discloses a packet for french fries and other snack products comprising a bottom, side walls, a front- and a back-wall and a closable lid, which packet has a total surface area and is provided with perforations that col ¬ lectively have an open area which is set at a preselected ra ¬ tio of the total surface area, wherein said perforations are at least provided in the lid. In some embodiments disclosed in this citation the perforations are also provided in the side- walls .

It is an object of the invention to improve the known packet so that it better meets at least in part one or more of the above demands, and to gain further advantages as will be- come apparent from the following disclosure.

The packet of the invention is provided with several features which will be discussed herein cumulatively, however it is to be understood that each feature as embodied in the appended claims can be applied independent from any of the other features in the other claims and be made part of a divi ¬ sional application without need to incorporate any of said other features of the other claims.

Furthermore the invention is not only embodied in a packet for french fries, but also in a one-piece piano from which such a packet for french fries can be manufactured. Also with regard to the piano it is to be understood that each fea ¬ ture as embodied in the appended claims can be applied inde ¬ pendent from any of the other features in the other claims and be made part of a divisional application without need to in- corporate any of said other features of the other claims.

Such a one-piece piano is particularly useful for sellers of french fries that require that limited stockroom will be necessary to keep the packaging material for the fries in stock. In order to meet also other demands that are placed on the packets for french fries, it is preferred that the pia ¬ no comprises a connecting member that connects on opposite sides of said member to a first side member and to a second side member. The connecting member can be essentially rectangular or round, i.e. circular, elliptical or oval. When assem- bling the packet out of the piano it is then possible to con ¬ vert the first and second side member into the front- and back-wall of the packet and the connecting member into the bottom of the packet. The bottom is preferably concave for reasons to be explained hereinafter, and the first and second side member can be essentially convex or rounded at its exte ¬ rior. This corresponds to preferable features of the packet of the invention, i.e. that the packet is capable of freestand ¬ ing, and that the front- and back-wall smoothly convert into each other so as to provide the packet with a substantially convex or rounded exterior. This rounded exterior enables easy handling of the packet. Depending on circumstances it is how ¬ ever also feasible that the packet will be given a more rec ¬ tangular appearance, without losing its ease of handling.

Another desirable feature of the piano is that the first and the second side member are each tapering with an increasing width with increasing distance from the connecting member, wherein said width is measured perpendicularly to a body axis extending through the first and second side member and the connecting member. This enables that when the packet is assembled from the piano, the front- and back-wall taper away from each other when looked from the bottom upwards, which promotes that the packets can be easily filled with fried/cooked or prepared fries. It also enables easy placement of the packet with the fries in a cup holder of a car. Fur ¬ thermore taking fries from the packet of the invention is pro ¬ moted by the larger dimensions of the packet facing upwards.

Perhaps most important from a consumer point of view is the capability of the packet for the fries to conserve their crispiness for an extended duration, enabling transportation of the fries from their point of sale to a location where the fries are consumed. As is mentioned above it is de ¬ sirable to allow a holding time of approximately 20 minutes of the fries in the packet, and save their capability to pass an organoleptic crispiness test in which crunching should be ex ¬ perienced during at least five times chewing of the fries. For that and other purposes of the invention the packet and the piano from which it is preferably made are provided with the features of one or more of the appended claims.

It is particularly preferable that in the packet of the invention the perforations are not only provided in the lid but are also provided in the front and back-wall. This has proven to provide superior results in comparison with the known packets that are provided with perforations. Preferably the packet has a total surface area, and is provided with perforations that collectively have an open area which is set at a preselected ratio of the total surface area, which is set in the range of 3 - 10%. This enables that evaporated moist from the fries can escape from the packet therewith avoiding that the fries will get soggy and limp and lose their crispiness. The ratio can for instance be set at a value of 3.2% for generally satisfactory results, however the preferred value of this ratio depends on the situation accord- ing to which the packet is transported and should be smaller when the packet is transported in an open bag, and larger when the packet is transported in a closed casing.

Preferably the bottom of the packet is concave so that the fries in the packet are prevented from piling up on each other without leaving any room between them, which would prevent that moist can escape from the piled up fries. In this manner it is promoted that also the most inner fries in the packet will remain crispy.

It is remarked that the perforations in the lid can also be embodied as openings next to the lid. The perforations in the lid or said openings next to the lid provide a chimney effect to the packet further promoting the escape of evapo ¬ rated moist of the fries out of the packet.

Preferably the perforations in the front- and back- wall are restricted to an area in the bottom's vicinity. In practice this means that the bottom' s vicinity preferably ex ¬ tends from the bottom up to approximately a third of the total height of the front- and back-wall. Some variation is however possible wherein the perforations extend beyond said third of the total height of the front- and back-wall.

One other aspect is that the open area of the perfo ¬ rations in the lid and/or an open area next to the lid is preferably larger than the open area of the perforations in the front- and back-wall at the bottom's vicinity. If there are perforations in the front- and back-wall in the vicinity of the lid, the functionality of these perforations adds to the perforations in the lid. This enables that sufficient moist can escape from the packet, keeping in mind that the di ¬ mensions of the perforations in the front- and back-wall can- not be chosen too large if losing fries from the packet is to be avoided. Fries come in two sizes: 6 x 6 mm and 9 x 9 mm, so the dimensions of the perforations must be selected keeping these sizes in mind.

The invention will hereinafter be further elucidated with reference to the drawing of an exemplary embodiment of an packet and a piano according to the invention that is not lim ¬ iting as to the appended claims.

In the drawing:

-figure 1 shows a piano for a packet for french fries according to the invention;

-figure 2 shows a top view of the packet for french fries according to the invention with closed lid;

-figure 3 and 4 show side views of the packet for french fries according to the invention;

-figure 5 shows a bottom view of the packet for french fries according to the invention;

-figure 6 shows an isometric view of the packet for french fries according to the invention with closed lid;

-figure 7 shows the packet of figure 6 with open lid;

-figure 8 schematically shows seven samples of pack ¬ ets that have been comparatively investigated in a crunchiness test on different qualities of fries packed in these packets;

-figure 9 shows the results of the crunchiness test for each packet-sample as applied with three different quali ¬ ties of fries in the size 6 x 6; and

-figure 10 shows the results of the crunchiness test for each packet-sample applied with three different qualities of fries in the size 9 x 9.

Whenever in the figures the same reference numerals are applied, these numerals refer to the same parts.

In a comparative testing on the duration of maintaining crunchiness of french fries packed in different types of packets, the packet of the invention has been compared with packets with perforations in different varieties, as will be discussed hereinafter. First however the piano and the packet of the invention will be discussed. Making reference to figure 1 a one-piece piano 1 is shown for a packet for french fries, which comprises an essentially circular connecting member 2 that connects on opposite sides of said member 2 to a first side member 3 and a second side member 4. It is to be under ¬ stood however that the connecting member 2 can also be elliptical or oval, or even rectangular. The first side member 3 and the second side member 4 are each tapering with an increasing width with increasing distance from the connecting member 2, wherein said width is measured perpendicularly to a body axis 5 extending through the first and second side member 3, 4 and the connecting member 2.

Figure 1 also shows that the first side member 3 con ¬ nects to an extension piece 6 which is embodied to serve as a lid in a configuration of the piano wherein it is assembled into a packet as shown in the figures 2 - 7 to be discussed hereinafter. Obviously the extension piece 6 could instead of being provided to the first side member 3, also be provided as an extension to the second side member 4. It is of course also possible that the extension piece 6 is split in half, wherein each one of the side members 3, 4 connects to one of the halves .

In the shown embodiment of figure 1 the second side member 4 is provided with a rim or rims 7 for connecting to the first side member 3 when it is assembled into the packet of the invention shown in figures 2 - 7. It will however be clear for the artisan that the rim or rims can also be provid- ed on the first side member 3 for connecting to the second side member 4, or that both members 3, 4 may have such a rim for connecting to the other member. Said rims 7 may eventually form sidewalls of the ready packet.

Figure 1 further shows that the first side member 3, the second side member 4 and the extension piece 6 are provid ¬ ed with perforations 8, 8' . It is however feasible that not each member 3, 4 is provided with perforations 8, although the extension piece 6 is always provided with perforations 8'. Op ¬ timal results are achieved in the embodiment as shown in fig- ure 1. It is preferred that the open area of the perforations 8 in the first side member 3 and/or the second side member 4 is smaller than the open area of the perforations 8' in the extension piece 6. Consequently in the packet of the invention made from this piano as for instance shown in figure 6 the open surface area created by the perforations 8 in the front- and back-wall 12 will be smaller than the open surface area of the lid 13, including any openings 8'' at the sides near to the lid 13 that add to the functionality of the openings 8' in the lid 13. In practice it is preferred that the perforations 8 in the first member 3 and/or the second member 4 prevent passing of fries with sizes 6 x 6 mm and/or 9 x 9 mm.

It can further be inferred from figure 1 that the perforations 8 in the first member 3 and/or the second member 4 are provided in a region spanning a maximum of one third of said members' length, which region is adjacent to the connect ¬ ing member 2. All in all it is advantageous for the achieve ¬ ments of the packet of the invention shown in figures 2 - 7 that the piano 1 has a total surface area and is provided with perforations 8, 8' that collectively have an open area, where ¬ in a ratio of the open area and the total surface area is set in the range of 3 - 10%.

Turning now to figure 6 a packet 10 for french fries according to the invention is shown in isometric view, which packet 10 is manufactured from a piano 1 as shown in figure 1, and which comprises a bottom 11 as shown in figure 5, and front- and back-walls 12 connected to each other with side- walls as can be best seen in figure 4. The packet 10 measures to a total surface area, and is provided with perforations 8, 8' that collectively have an open area which is set at a pre ¬ selected ratio of said total surface area, which is set in the range of 3 - 10%. Figure 6 also shows that apart from the per ¬ forations that are provided in the front- and back-wall 12, the packet 10 has a closable lid 13 as also shown in figure 2, wherein perforations 8' are also provided in said lid 13. Fur ¬ ther there may be openings 8'' next to the lid 13 with the same functionality as the perforations 8' in the lid 13.

Figure 6 and figure 7 both show that the packet 10 is capable of freestanding and that the perforations 8 in the front- and back-wall 12 are restricted to an area in the vi ¬ cinity of the bottom 11. It can be derived from these figures that the bottom's vicinity extends from the bottom 11 up to approximately a third of the front- and back-wall' total height. In figure 7 the packet 10 of the invention is shown with open lid 13, as opposed to figure 6 in which the packet 10 of the invention is shown with closed lid 13.

According to the invention it is preferred that the open area of the perforations 8' in the lid 13 and/or the openings 8'' next to the lid 13 is larger than the open area of the perforations 8 in the side walls 12 at the bottom' s vi ¬ cinity.

Preferably the perforations 8 in the front- and back- wall 12 are provided with dimensions to prevent passing of fries with sizes 6 x 6 mm and/or 9 x 9 mm.

Figures 3, 5 and 7 show that it is preferable that the bottom 11 of the packet is concave so as to prevent that the fries in the packet are piling up on each other without leaving any room between them, which would hinder or even pre- vent the escape of moist from the piled up fries in the pack ¬ et .

It can be best seen from the side view of figure 3, but also from figure 6 that the front- and back-wall 12 taper away from each other when looked from the bottom 11 upwards. The combination of figure 4 with figure 6 shows that the front- and back-wall 12 smoothly convert into each other so as to provide the packet 10 with a substantially rounded exteri ¬ or, particularly at the sidewalls connecting the front- and back-wall 12. Finally it is remarked that the packet 10 of the invention is preferably made out of one piece of material, such as the piano 1 of figure 1.

The beneficial results of the invention will herein ¬ after be further discussed in the following discussion of a comparative investigation concerning the duration that crunch- iness of french fries of three different qualities is main ¬ tained depending on the type of packet used for holding the fries. The investigated packets are shown schematically in figure 8, wherein;

- 8.1 depicts a standard packet without any perfora- tions;

- 8.2 depicts a packet with perforations only in the lid (as known from US2015/0028088 ) ;

- 8.3 depicts a packet with perforations halfway in the middle of the front- and back-wall; - 8.4 depicts a packet with perforations in the side- walls only (as known from US2015/0028088 ) ;

- 8.5 depicts a packet with perforations in the bot ¬ tom region of the front- and back-wall;

- 8.6 depicts a packet with perforations in the lid and in the sidewalls (as known from US2015/0028088 ) ; and

- 8.7 depicts a packet with perforations provided in the lid and in the front- and back-wall in accordance with the invention .

Figures 9 and 10 show histograms corresponding with the time duration that crunchiness of three different quali ¬ ties of french fries are maintained in the tested packets, for each of the mentioned packets shown in figure 8. Figures 9 and 10 refer to the tested packets by the packet indications 8.1 - 8.7. In figure 9 the results are shown with 6 x 6 fries, whereas in figure 10 the results are shown with 9 x 9 fries. The qualities of fries that are investigated are regular fries, coated fries, and a top-notch hot development of supe ¬ rior fries that the applicant contemplates to market as

Hot2Home(tm) fries.

The results collected in figures 9 and 10 respective ¬ ly for 6 x 6 and 9 x 9 fries consistently show that best re ¬ sults are achieved with any type of fries when packet 8.7 is used which is embodied in accordance with the features of the invention as discussed hereinabove and specified in the ap ¬ pended claims.

Although the invention has been discussed in the foregoing with reference to an exemplary embodiment of the packet and the piano of the invention, the invention is not restricted thereto and can be varied in many ways without de ¬ parting from the invention. The discussed exemplary embodiment of the packet and piano shall therefore not be used to con ¬ strue the appended claims strictly in accordance therewith. On the contrary the shown embodiment of the packet and piano are merely intended to explain the wording of the appended claims without intent to limit the claims thereto. The scope of pro ¬ tection of the invention shall therefore be construed in ac ¬ cordance with the appended claims only, wherein a possible am- biguity in the wording of the claims shall be resolved using this exemplary embodiment of the packet and piano.