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Title:
PET SANDWICH LAYER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2022/074468
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A food wrap for wrapping ovenable foods includes a polyester layer having a thickness of about 12 µm having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a barrier layer comprising aluminum oxide covering at least a majority of the first surface of the polyester layer, a paper layer adhered to the barrier via an adhesive, where the paper layer has a grammage of about 35 g/m2, and a coating layer covering at least a majority of the paper layer, where the coating layer covers an ink label.

Inventors:
LEITER FREDRIC (US)
Application Number:
PCT/IB2021/052592
Publication Date:
April 14, 2022
Filing Date:
March 29, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
POLYMERIC FILM & BAGS INC (US)
International Classes:
A23K10/20; A23K40/20; A23K50/42
Foreign References:
US20120152941A12012-06-21
US20040137202A12004-07-15
US4883936A1989-11-28
US20090277899A12009-11-12
US20080078759A12008-04-03
US4878765A1989-11-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CALLAGHAN, Terry S. (US)
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Claims:
The invention claimed is:

1. A food wrap for wrapping heated foods, comprising: a polyester film layer having a thickness of about 12 pm having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface; a barrier layer comprising aluminum oxide covering at least a majority of the first surface of the polyester film layer; a paper layer adhered to the polyester film layer via an adhesive, where the paper layer has a grammage of about 35 g/m2; and a coating layer covering at least a majority of the paper layer, wherein the coating layer comprises a food grade varnish.

2. An ovenable food wrap for wrapping foods, comprising: a polymer film layer coated with of a metal oxide layer; and a paper layer coupled to a surface of the polymer film layer.

3. The ovenable food wrap of claim 2, wherein the polymer film layer comprises polyester.

4. The ovenable food wrap of claim 3, wherein the polyester comprises a biaxially oriented polyester.

5. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-4, wherein the polymer film layer has a thickness of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm.

6. The ovenable food wrap of claim 5, wherein the thickness of the polymer film layer is between about 10 pm and about 18 pm.

7. The ovenable food wrap of claim 6, wherein the thickness of the polymer layer is about 12 pm.

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8. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-7, wherein the polymer film layer is substantially transparent.

9. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-8, wherein the metal oxide comprises aluminum oxide.

10. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-9, wherein the paper layer has a grammage of within the range of from about 25 g/m2 to about 80 g/m2.

11. The ovenable food wrap of claim 10, wherein the range of the grammage is between about 30 g/m2 and about 40 g/m2.

12. The ovenable food wrap of claim 11, wherein the grammage is about 35 g/m2.

13. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-12, wherein the paper layer is adhered to the metal oxide surface of the polymer film layer via an adhesive.

14. The ovenable food wrap of claim 13, wherein the adhesive comprises a dry lamination adhesive.

15. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-14, wherein the metal oxide layer is located between the polymer film layer and the paper layer.

16. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-15, wherein an outer surface of the paper layer is coated with a coating layer.

17. The ovenable food wrap of claim 16, wherein the coating layer comprises a food grade varnish.

18. The ovenable food wrap of either one of claims 16 and 17, wherein an ink label is printed on the outer surface of the paper layer.

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19. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 2-18, wherein the ovenable wrap is configured to be microwavable.

20. A wrap configured to be heated, comprising: a polymer film layer having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a thickness between the first and second surfaces of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm; a metal oxide layer covering at least a majority of one of the surfaces of the polyester film layer; and a paper layer coupled to the polymer film layer and having a grammage of within a range of between about 25 g/m2 and about 80 g/m2.

21. The wrap of claim 20, wherein the polymer film layer comprises polyester.

22. The wrap of claim 21, wherein the polyester comprises a biaxially oriented polyester.

23. The wrap of any one of claims 20-22, wherein the thickness of the polymer film layer is between about 10 pm and about 18 pm.

24. The wrap of any one of claims 20-23, wherein the thickness of the polymer film layer is about 12 pm.

25. The wrap of any one of claims 20-24, wherein the polymer film layer is substantially transparent.

26. The wrap of any one of claims 20-25, wherein the metal oxide comprises aluminum oxide.

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27. The wrap of any one of claims 20-26, wherein the range of the grammage is between about 30 g/m2 and about 40 g/m2.

28. The wrap of any one of claims 20-27, wherein the grammage is about 35 g/m2.

29. The wrap of any one of claims 20-28, wherein the paper layer is coupled to the polymer film layer via an adhesive.

30. The wrap of claim 29, wherein the adhesive comprises a dry lamination adhesive.

31. The wrap of any one of claims 20-30, wherein the metal oxide layer is located between the polymer film layer and the paper layer.

32. The wrap of any one of claims 20-31, wherein the second surface of the polymer film comprises an outer surface of the paper layer, and wherein the outer surface is coated with a coating layer.

33. The wrap of claim 32, wherein the coating layer comprises a food grade varnish.

34. The wrap of either one of claims 32 and 33, wherein an ink label is printed on the outer surface of the paper layer.

35. The wrap of any one of claims 20-34, wherein the wrap is ovenable.

36. The wrap of any one of claims 20-35, wherein the wrap is microwavable.

37. A method for manufacturing a microwavable wrap for wrapping foods, comprising: providing a polymer film layer having a thickness of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm;

9 covering at least a majority of a surface of the polymer film layer with a metal oxide layer; providing a paper layer having a grammage of within a range of between about 25 g/m2 and about 80 g/m2; and coupling the paper layer to the polymer film layer and the metal oxide layer.

38. The method of claim 37, wherein the polymer film layer comprises polyester.

39. The method of claim 38, wherein the polyester comprises a biaxially oriented polyester.

40. The method of any one of claims 37-39, wherein the thickness of the polymer film layer is between about 10 pm and about 18 pm.

41. The method of any one of claims 37-40, wherein the thickness of the polymer layer is about 12 pm.

42. The method of any one of claims 37-41, wherein the metal oxide comprises aluminum oxide.

43. The method of any one of claims 37-42, wherein the metal oxide is applied to the polymer film layer via vacuum metalization.

44. The method of any one of claims 37-43, wherein the range of the grammage is between about 30 g/m2 and about 40 g/m2.

45. The method of any one of claims 37-44, wherein the grammage is about 35 g/m2.

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46. The method of any one of claims 37-45, wherein coupling the paper layer to the polymer film layer includes adhering the paper layer to the polymer film layer via an adhesive.

47. The method of claim 46, wherein the adhesive comprises a dry lamination adhesive.

48. The method of any one of claims 37-47, wherein the metal oxide layer is located between the polymer film layer and the paper layer.

49. The method of any one of claims 37-48, further comprising: coating an outer surface of the paper layer with a coating layer.

50. The method of claim 49, wherein the coating layer comprises a food grade varnish.

51. The method of either one of claims 49 and 50, further comprising: printing a label on the outer surface of the paper layer prior to coating the outer surface of the paper layer.

52. An ovenable food wrap for wrapping foods, comprising: a film layer that comprises a polymer and/or nylon, the film layer coated with at least one of a metal oxide layer and a silicon oxide layer; and a paper layer coupled to a surface of the film layer.

53. The ovenable food wrap of claim 52, wherein the film layer comprises polyester.

54. The ovenable food wrap of claim 52, wherein the film layer comprises nylon 6 and/or nylon 6, 6.

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55. The ovenable food wrap of any one of claims 52-54, wherein the metal oxide layer comprises aluminum oxide.

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Description:
PET SANDWICH LAYER

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The embodiments disclosed herein relate to a wrap for packaging foods, and in particular to a wrap that includes various polymer, paper and metal oxide layers configured to sufficiently wrap and store foods, such as sandwiches, in a point of sale presentation form while allowing for convection, conduction, radiant and microwave heating and providing improved heat retention, wrapping convenience and a transfer barrier to gas and liquid.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0002] One embodiment includes a food wrap for wrapping heated foods that includes a polyester film layer having a thickness of about 12 pm having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a barrier layer comprising aluminum oxide covering at least a majority of the first surface of the polyester layer, a paper layer adhered to the polyesterfilm layer via an adhesive, where the paper layer has a grammage of about 35 g/m^, wherein the coating layer comprises of a food grade varnish.

[0003] Another embodiment may also or alternatively include an ovenable or heatable food wrap for wrapping food that includes a polymer film layer coated with a metal oxide layer, and a paper layer coupled to the polymer film layer and metal oxide layer.

[0004] Yet another embodiment may also or alternatively include a wrap configured to be heated that includes a polymer film layer having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a thickness between the first and second surfaces of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm, a metal oxide layer covering at least a majority of one of the surfaces of the polyester film layer, and a paper layer adhered to the polymer film layer and having a grammage of within a range of between about 25 g/m^ and about 80 g/m^.

[0005] Still yet another embodiment may also or alternatively include a method for manufacturing an ovenable or a heatable wrap for wrapping foods including providing a polymer film layer having a thickness of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm, covering at least a majority of a surface of the polymer film layer with a metal oxide layer, providing a paper layer having a grammage of within a range of between about 25 g/m^ and about 80 g/m^, and coupling the paper layer to the polymer film layer.

[0006] These and other features, advantages, and objects of the present invention will be further understood and appreciated by those skilled in the art by reference to the following specification, claims, and appended drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] Fig. 1 is a cross-sectional perspective view of an embodiment of a wrap for packaging foods; and

[0008] Fig. 2 is a schematic flow chart of a method for manufacturing a wrap for packaging foods.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0009] For purposes of description herein, the terms "upper," "lower," right," "left," "rear," "front," "vertical," "horizontal," and derivatives thereof shall relate to the invention as oriented in Fig. 1. However, it is to be understood that the invention may assume various alternative orientations and step sequences, except where expressly specified to the contrary. It is also to be understood that the specific devices and processes illustrated in the attached drawings, and described in the following specification are exemplary embodiments of the inventive concepts defined in the appended claims. Hence, specific dimensions and other physical characteristics relating to the embodiments disclosed herein are not to be considered as limiting, unless the claims expressly state otherwise.

[0010] The reference numeral 10 (Fig. 1) generally designates a multi-layer food wrap configured to wrap ovenable/heated foods, including foods heated via convection, conduction, radiant and microwave heating methods. In the illustrated example, the wrap 10 may include a polymer film layer 12, a barrier layer 14, an adhesive layer 16, a paper layer 18, and an ink label 19, and a protective overlay 20. The wrap 10 is configured to sufficiently wrap and store foods, such as sandwiches, in a point of sale presentation form while allowing for convection, conduction, radiant and microwave heating. The wrap 10 may also be utilized for other applications where the function of wrapping a given item and subsequently retaining heat within the item is advantageous.

[0011] In the illustrated example, the polymer film layer 12 may comprise polyester, and more particularly a polyethylene terephthalate. When comprising polyester, the polymer film layer 12 may include a biaxially oriented polyester to provide the food wrap 10 with an increased tensile strength and a resistance to tensile elongation. Preferably, the polymer film layer 12 is substantially transparent, however the polymer film layer 12 may also be provided in a translucent or opaque form depending upon the requirements of the application. For instance, certain applications may require that the food packaged within the overall food wrap 10 be visible at least through certain or preselected portions of the overall food wrap 10, while other portions of the overall food wrap 10 remain either translucent and/or opaque, as described below. As best illustrated in Fig. 1, the polymer film layer 12 includes a first surface 22 and a second surface 24 opposite the first surface 22, wherein the first and second surfaces 22, 24 cooperate to define a thickness x of the polymer film layer 12 there between. Preferably, the polymer film layer 12 has a thickness x of within the range of between about 6 pm and about 30 pm, more preferably a thickness of within the range of between about 10 pm and about 18 pm, and most preferably of about 12 pm. In another embodiment, the polymer film layer 12 may be replaced with a film layer that in addition or alternatively to the polymer material, comprises nylon. When comprising nylon, the film layer may include nylon 6 or nylon 6, 6, and may comprise a biaxially oriented nylon.

[0012] The barrier layer 14 may comprise a metal oxide, and preferably comprises aluminum oxide, where the barrier layer 14 is configured as a thermal, gas and/or moisture barrier. Alternatively, silicon oxide may also be utilized with or as a replacement to the metal oxide depending on the requirements of the application. The metal oxide, and in particular the aluminum oxide, provides an improved thermal, gas and moisture barrier when combined with the polymer film layer 12, and in particular to the polymer film layer 12 comprising polyester and/or the film layer comprising polyester and/or nylon. It is noted that the metal oxide layer, and in particular the aluminum oxide layer, when combined with the polymer film layer 12, is configured to allow microwave heating of any wrapped food materials, and improves heat retention of the food article regardless of the method utilized to heat the wrapped food item. In the illustrated example, the barrier layer 14, and in particular when comprising aluminum oxide, may be provided as a coating on the second surface 24 of the polymer film layer 12. An example of a combined polymer film layer 12 and barrier layer 14 includes ECOSYAR:VE100 as available from Toyobo Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Preferably, the combined polymer film layer 12 and barrier layer 14 comprises a biaxially oriented polyester having a thickness of approximately 12 pm, a haze of approximately 2.6 percent, a machine direction tensile strength of about 220 MPa, a transverse direction tensile strength of about 230 MPa, a machine direction tensile elongation of about 100 percent, a transverse direction tensile elongation of about 95 percent, a water vapor transmission rate of about 2 g/m^-day, and an oxygen transmission rate of about 20 ml/m^-day-MPa. Preferably, the barrier layer 14 is applied to the polymer film layer 12 via a vacuum metalizing process.

[0013] The paper layer 18 comprises a food grade wrapping paper, and may include a waterproof or greaseproof food grade wrapping paper. In the illustrated example, the paper layer 18 has a grammage of within the range of from about 25 g/m^ to 80 g/m^, more preferably of within the range of from about 30 g/m^ to 40 g/m^, and most preferably of about 35 g/m^, where grammage is the area density of the paper. The paper layer 18 is adhered to the polymer film layer 12 and the barrier layer 14 via the adhesive layer 16. In the illustrated example, the adhesive layer 16 is configured to adhere the paper layer to the polymer film layer 12 and the barrier layer 14 via a dry lamination process, such as EA-N6000-DM-KR as available from Toyochem Specialty Chemical SDN. BHD. of Seremban, Malaysia. Alternatively, the coating layer 20 may be adhered to the polymer film layer 12 and barrier layer 14 via other methods, including vibrational welding, heat welding, compression welding, wet lamination, and the like. As noted above, the paper layer 18 may be coated with the coating layer 20 subsequent to ink printing the label 19 on an outer, exposed surface of the paper layer 18, thereby allowing direct labelling of the overall food wrap 10 to identify the food either for storage or for display in point of sale purposes. Preferably, the coating layer 20 comprises, a varnish overlay configured to protect the ink label 19, such as CORKOTE™- 69KFP-1, as available from Cork Ind. of Folcroft, Pennsylvania.

[0014] In one embodiment, the paper layer 18 may be provided with an aperture 28 so as to allow at least a portion of the food article contained within the food wrap 10 to be viewed through the transparent or translucent polymer film layer 12. In certain configurations, the food wrap 10 may then be configured to allow viewing of the food item within the food wrap 10 while simultaneously completely wrapping the food item and providing a printable surface over certain portions of the paper layer 18.

[0015] The food wrap 10 may be manufactured via a method that includes providing the polymer film layer 12 or film layer (step 100), depositing the barrier layer 14 on the second surface 24 of the polymer film layer 12 via a vacuum metalizing process (step 102), applying the adhesive layer 16 to the combination of the polymer film layer 12 and the barrier layer 14 (step 104), and adhering the paper layer 18 or a combination of the paper layer 18, the ink label and the overlay 20 to the combination of the polymer film layer 12 of film layer and the barrier layer 14 via the adhesive layer 16 via a dry lamination process.

[0016] The present inventive food wrap and shown and described herein is configured to sufficiently wrap and store foods, such as sandwiches, in a point of sale presentation form while allowing for convection, conduction, radiant and microwave heating and providing improved heat retention and gas and moisture resistance, thereby resisting the propagation of liquids such as grease through the overall food wrap. The food wrap allows for direct convection, conduction, radiant and microwave heating of the wrapped foods while remaining within the food wrap, and simultaneously improve the ease of wrapping the food item and provides an aesthetically pleasing appearance where the food wrap provides the improvements noted above while displaying as "sandwich wrap" typically associated by customers with point of sale sandwich and other food displays.

[0017] In the foregoing description, it will be readily appreciated by those skilled in the art that modifications may be made to the embodiments disclosed herein without departing from the concepts of those embodiments. Such modifications are to be considered as included in the following claims, unless these claims by their language expressly state otherwise.