Anheuser-Busch InBev has filed a patent for a composition that includes agricultural plant fibers and wood fibers, preferably recycled wood fibers, for making paperboard or paper. The composition can be used to create paper, paperboard, and packaging materials. GlobalData’s report on Anheuser-Busch InBev gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Anheuser-Busch InBev, Packaging cans with tearing tabs was a key innovation area identified from patents. Anheuser-Busch InBev's grant share as of September 2023 was 52%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230295873A1) describes a composition, specifically a pulp composition, that includes two main components: agricultural plant fibers and wood fibers, preferably recycled wood fibers. The agricultural plant fibers can be cereal plant fibers, such as barley, wheat, rye, rice, sorghum, millet, or corn, with barley or wheat being the preferred options. The wood fibers can be softwood fibers, hardwood fibers, or recycled wood fibers, with recycled softwood and hardwood fibers being the preferred choices.

The composition can contain agricultural plant fibers up to 50% by weight of the total composition, with the preferred range being from 5% to 45% by weight. The ratio of the first component (agricultural plant fibers) to the second component (wood fibers) can range from 1:15 to 2:1 by weight, with the preferred range being from 1:10 to 1.5:1 by weight.

The agricultural plant fibers have specific characteristics, including an average length of at least 0.5 mm, an average width of 5 to 30 µm, and a ratio of length to width ranging from 50:1 to 200:1. The coarseness of the agricultural plant fibers is less than 1 mg/m, and they contain a-cellulose in an amount of 15 to 40% by weight and lignin in an amount less than 20% by weight.

The composition can also include various additives, such as sizing agents, silicas, pigments and dyes, retention aids, adhesives, acidity regulators, bleaches, fillers, binders, and bonding agents.

The patent also mentions that the composition can be used to produce paperboard or paper with specific properties. The paperboard or paper can have a grammage of at least 90 g/m2 and a thickness of 200 to 1200 µm. Additionally, it can exhibit properties such as tensile strength, tear strength, and other specific characteristics.

Furthermore, the composition can be used to create packaging for beverage containers, including folding cartons for various packaging types such as baskets, wraparound packages, trays, fully enclosed packs, and more.

In summary, this patent describes a composition that combines agricultural plant fibers and wood fibers, preferably recycled wood fibers, to create a pulp composition. The composition can be used to produce paperboard, paper, and packaging with specific properties and characteristics.

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