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Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-01-18

The present invention provides a heat resistant fat based confection wherein at least a portion of a natural and/or artificial sweetener or milk or cocoa solids component thereof has an average particle size of greater than 50 microns. Premixes are also provided including the unmilled sweetener or milk or cocoa solid and a polyol are also provided, and in those embodiments wherein the premixes are used to prepare the fat based confection, heat resistance of the same may be further enhanced. Methods of making the fat based confection, with or without using the premix, are also provided.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-02-15

A method for preparing a heat tolerant confectionery product comprising a fat and a sweetener, said method comprising combining together a confectionery composition comprising a fat and a sweetener and a non-aqueous solvent, and wherein the non-aqueous solvent is one in which the sweetener is partially soluble, such as ethanol. Enhanced hardness is achieved by ensuring that either (a) the average particle size of the sweetener is less than 50, for example from 4-20; or (b) the non-aqueous solvent contains less than 4%w/w water.Confectionery such chocolate obtained by this process forms a further aspect of invention.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-01-12

A pet supplement is provided and comprises an amount of probiotic microorganisms coated with a first fat component having a first melting point and a source of a sweetener component comprising sugar and a second fat component having a second melting point. The second melting point is higher than the first melting point. Methods of making the pet supplement are also provided.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-04-19

A package 15 for a confectionary item 23, said package comprising a film or wrap 14 which encases the confectionary item 23 and wherein opening means 19, 20 are provided in said package, the opening means comprising at least one transverse 20 and one substantially perpendicular score lines 19 defining a removable portion or releasable flap 21, and wherein the opening means are positioned such that opening thereof exposes a bite size portion of the confectionary item 23. Methods for constructing the packaging and products incorporating it form further aspects of the invention.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-03-29

The present invention relates to a composition comprising green tea extract, collagen and chondroitin. Such a composition can be used for use in treating or preventing arthritis, for increasing life expectancy in an animal, for preventing signs of aging, for use in preserving mobility or preventing decline in mobility in an animal and in a method for making such compositions. The composition can be also used in a method of treating arthritis, a method of increasing life expectancy, a method of preserving mobility or preventing decline in mobility or a method of delaying aging.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-06-21

The present invention relates to methods of determining the levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) before and after a meal in a companion animal, wherein the meal is a pet foodstuff having a particular protein to fat ratio, which is useful in reducing the levels of GIP and maintaining low levels of GIP post-prandially and having the beneficial effects as described herein. The pet foodstuff comprises a ratio of protein to fat of 1:0.27 to 1:0.63 on a gram:gram as fed or dry matter basis. The pet foodstuff described is fed to a companion animal for use in preventing accumulation of and/or reducing body fat in a companion animal and thus controlling the bodyweight of the companion animal. The present invention also relates to methods of feeding the pet foodstuff described and/or dietary regimes to provide the companion animal with the benefit of preventing accumulation of and/or reducing body fat in a companion animal and overall effect of controlling body weight of the companion animal.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-02-23

A method for the production of a stabilized packaged food product comprising the steps of: filling a tray with a predetermined quantity of a food starting material; introducing the tray into a pressure vessel and conveying the tray through the pressure vessel while performing the following steps in sequence inside the pressure vessel: (i) treating the food starting material with high-temperature pressurized steam to sterilize the material, and (ii) dosing the sterile food material inside said tray with a predetermined amount of sterile water; and (iii) applying a lid to the tray to seal the food product inside the tray while maintaining the tray in a sterile environment. Suitable food starting materials comprise starchy food products, such as rice, wheat or pasta, and/or meat or vegetable pieces. Also provided are an apparatus for performing the method and packaged stabilized full moisture food products obtainable by the process.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-03-06

A process of making a pet food include providing a core pellet; providing at least one coating material; applying the coating material to the core pellet to form a coated kibble using a continuous fluidizing mixer; wherein application of the coating material occurs at a Froude number range of from about 0.8 to about 3 and a Peclet number greater than about 6.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-06-21

An apparatus to display packaged products that includes a base that includes a bottom segment, at least two supporting segments, and a top segment, the top segment provided with a plurality of apertures and supported at least in part by the at least two supporting segments such that the bottom segment and the top segment are generally parallel; and at least two side portions, at least one of said side portions comprising a support column, the at least two side portions being generally perpendicular to the bottom segment and the top segment. Methods of assembling the apparatus are also provided.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-05-31

The present disclosure provides a pet food, comprising: a) a pet food core, b) one or more active layers surrounding all, or a portion of, the pet food core, and c) an outer layer at least partially surrounding the active layer, wherein the outer layer comprises a fat and/or a pallatant, wherein the active layer may comprise one or more of an antioxidant compound and a pro-oxidant compound. The active layer may be enriched with the pro-oxidant mineral compared to the pet food core, and/or the pet food core and the active layer may have different total concentrations of antioxidant compounds and/or the pet food core and the active layer may comprise different antioxidant compounds and/or the same antioxidant compounds in different concentrations.

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