J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-11-10
A flow-propelled rotary knife system includes a housing, having an outlet end and walls defining a fluid passage, a rotatable blade holder, disposed at the outlet end and having a central aperture substantially aligned with the fluid passage, and at least one blade, extending diametrically across the central aperture of the blade holder. The blade holder is configured to rotate about a rotational axis passing through the central aperture, and the at least one blade has a twisted shape selected to rotationally propel the blade and the blade holder to rotate about the rotational axis when the blade is contacted by fluid flowing through the fluid passage and the central aperture in a flow direction, whereby objects propelled along the fluid flow path in the flow direction toward the outlet are helically cut by the rotating blade.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-05-14
A rotary knife fixture for cutting vegetable products such as raw potatoes into spiral shapes. The knife fixture includes a ring-shaped blade holder driven rotatably within a hydraulic product flow path. The blade holder includes at least one cutting blade, wherein the blade is twisted from a generally longitudinally aligned center axis outwardly in opposite circumferential directions with a sharpened leading edge set at a desired pitch angle. By controlling the pitch angle of the blade in relation to the blade rotational speed and velocity at which the potato travels along the hydraulic flow path, the resultant spiral cut shape is selected. By using multiple cutting blades at known axially spaced positions and selecting the angular position of each cutting blade in succession, the number of spiral shapes cut from each potato is selected. The blades can have a nontextured straight-cut edge, or a textured crinkle-cut edge, or a combination.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-10-09
The present disclosure concerns methods for identifying genetic material in recombinant potato plants, including in food products made from such plants. The disclosure relates to the materials, including nucleotide primers and probes, utilized in the methods set forth herein. Furthermore, the disclosure provides for non-naturally occurring nucleotide junction sequences per se that result from genetic recombination events and methods of detecting said junction sequences.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-07-28
A ricer plate for use in a ricing system configured for forcing cooked potato pieces, including potato peel and potato starch, against and through the ricer plate, includes a plate, having a thickness, a center and a perimeter. A plurality of substantially linear, elongate slots are disposed in the plate, extending through the thickness of the plate. Each slot is aligned at an angle relative to a radial line extending from the center, and has a width of at least about 1/10 inch and a length that is at least about three times the width. The slots are suitably shaped to pass a portion of potato peel with the potato starch.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2016-06-02
A method for packaging a frozen food product includes placing a fluid food product into a flexible container, sealing the container and pasteurizing the food product in the sealed container. The method further includes applying a form to at least one surface of the flexible container, the form embossing the container and creating a series of compartments separated by thin segments therebetween, and freezing the product in the container with the form in place.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2016-05-13
A potato cultivar designated V11 is disclosed. The invention relates to the tubers of potato cultivar V11, to the seeds of potato cultivar V11, to the plants of potato V11, to the plant parts of potato cultivar V11, to food products produced from potato cultivar V11, and to methods for producing a potato plant produced by crossing potato cultivar V11 with itself or with another potato variety. The invention also relates to methods for producing a potato plant containing in its genetic material one or more transgenes and to the transgenic potato plants and plant parts produced by those methods. This invention also relates to potato cultivars or breeding cultivars and plant parts derived from potato variety V11, to methods for producing other potato cultivars, lines or plant parts derived from potato cultivar V11 and to the potato plants, varieties, and their parts derived from use of those methods. The invention further relates to hybrid potato tubers, seeds, plants and plant parts produced by crossing potato cultivar V11 with another potato cultivar.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-09-29
A rotary knife fixture configured for use in a water knife cutting system includes a ring, defining an internal aperture, and at least two spaced, angularly offset, parallel groups of parallel helically twisted cutting blades, extending across the aperture. The ring is configured to be placed in fluid communication with a hydraulic feed conduit of the water knife cutting system and for rotary motion about a rotational axis extending through the aperture. The groups of parallel blades are oriented generally perpendicular to the rotational axis. Each cutting blade has a sharpened cutting edge at one side thereof and is twisted generally about a center point thereof to define a pair of cutting edges oriented in opposite-facing circumferential directions. A vegetable product, fed through the aperture at a product speed, and with the rotary knife fixture rotating at a rotational speed, is substantially simultaneously cut into multiple helically twisted pieces.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2016-05-02
A cutting machine for cutting a vegetable product includes a multi-knife cutting plate mounted in-line along a product flow path and a drive motor, whereby the cutting plate moves in an orbital motion in a plane substantially perpendicular to the flow path, thereby moving the cutting knives sequentially and repeatedly across the product flow path. A system for cutting vegetable products includes a transport system configured for transporting vegetable products in single file toward an outlet, a plurality of cutting machines, a collection system disposed downstream of the cutting machines and configured to collect the vegetables after cutting, and a selection device configured to selectively couple the outlet of the transport system to one or more of the cutting machines. The plurality of cutting machines may be mounted upon a transport device to selectively move one of the cutting machines into communication with the outlet of the transport system.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2015-02-09
The present invention relates to unique strategies and constructs for producing a nucleic acid product that downregulates or prevents expression of a desired target polynucleotide.
J.R. Simplot Company | Date: 2016-04-12
Turfgrass varieties with desirable looking turf when mowed infreqently are provided. Also provided is a method of producing a turfgrass plant having desirable looking turf when mowed infrequently. The turfgrass plants of the present invention display green leaf chlorophyll concentrations above 1.8 mg/g and a field insitu CM-1000 chlorophyll meter reading of 341.7 or higher, as well as high general turfgrass quality ratings. The turfgrass plants of the present invention retain a dark green color even when scalped back by infrequent mowing.