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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: 2017-02-15

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: 2017-03-29

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: 2017-01-04

A system and method of ultrasonic processing of pre-baked food product and/or food product rework is provided that includes an ultrasonic horn (105) and a forming member (110) for receiving and forming unprocessed pre-baked food product into a desired shape. The ultrasonic horn is actuated to compress the unprocessed pre-baked food product between the ultrasonic horn and the forming member. The ultrasonic horn ultrasonically energizes the compressed pre-baked food to form an agglomerated food product. The system may also include an ejection member (125) for ejecting the formed agglomerated food product away from the forming member. The forming member may be a forming cylinder having a hemispherical protrusion that conforms to a contour of a hemispherical forming cavity located on a compressive surface of the ultrasonic horn.


Patent
Mars Incorporated | Date: 2017-02-01

Method of producing a packed food product, comprising: cooking a food product at a cooking temperature of at least 100C; introducing the cooked food product into an atmosphere of superheated steam, the atmosphere of superheated steam containing less than 3% of oxygen and having a temperature of at least 120C; drying the food product to an a_(w)-value in the range from 0,70 to 0,92; in the superheated steam atmosphere, packaging the food product in a packaging container, feeding a protective gas into the packaging container and hermetically sealing the packaging container, and food product packed in a packaging impermeable to O_(2), obtainable by a method of any of the preceding claims, wherein the food product has an a_(w)-value in the range from 0,70 to 0,92 and the packaging contains a protective gas.


Embodiments disclosed herein related to an apparatus for the manufacture of a multiregion confection. The apparatus includes a housing defining a holding cavity configured to hold inclusions, a suction cavity, and a port. The apparatus also includes a disk rotatably mounted with respect to the holding cavity. The disk defines a plurality of apertures for holding the inclusions. As the disk rotates the plurality of apertures move with respect to the housing such that each of the plurality of apertures arrives at a first location where the aperture is exposed on one side of the disk to the holding cavity and on the reverse side of the disk to a suction cavity. Inclusions released from the plurality of apertures at a second location travel into the port. The inclusions travel from the port to a nozzle which is configured to direct the inclusions to combine with the extrudable material.


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.


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: 2017-05-03

A flavor composition containing at least one, two, or more potassium salt(s) that can be used to enhance an alkalized cocoa flavor profile of edible compositions including sweet goods, such as fat-based confections comprising chocolate or chocolate liquor.


Patent
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.

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