Mars Incorporated | Date: 2015-12-16
A cooked dough product, such as a biscuit (cookie), comprising from about 10 wt. % to about 45 wt. % of an oil and/or fat component, and from about 0.25 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of ethylcellulose, based on the weight of said product. Also provided is a method of making a cooked dough product comprising the steps of: preparing a dough containing a flour, water, from about 10 wt. % to about 45 wt. % of an oil and/or fat component, and from about 0.25 wt. % to about 20 wt. % of ethylcellulose, based on the weight of the ingredients excluding added water; and cooking the dough at a temperature of at least about 140 C. The ethylcellulose is effective to reduce oil migration from the cooked dough products.
Mars Inc. | Date: 2015-06-15
The invention relates to a method of drying a material, that includes the steps of: providing a gaseous atmosphere with superheated steam in a housing, transporting a material into the housing, and drying the material in the gaseous atmosphere. Thereafter, transporting the dried material out of the housing and extracting from the gaseous atmosphere volatile substances which escape from the material into the gaseous atmosphere, especially flavors. The invention is also direct to an apparatus for drying the extruded material.
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2015-06-11
The present invention is directed to a forming apparatus comprising (a) first and second forming rolls with forming pockets in corresponding alignment, wherein at least one roll has one or more continuous grooves extending around the circumference of the roll in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the roll and which intersects the forming pockets in the plane, wherein the first and second forming rolls rotate in directions counter to one another, and (b) one or more forming pins positioned between the counter rotating rolls and within the continuous groove of the roll.
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2015-05-04
A process for the production of crumb is disclosed in which a wet crumb feedstock comprising bulk sweetener, protein and water is formed and then simultaneously dried and comminuted in a thin layer rotary paddle dryer. The wet crumb feedstock is preferably formed into discrete, free-flowing granules prior to the simultaneous drying and comminuting. Apparatus for the production of crumb is also disclosed.
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2015-11-12
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.