General Mills patented a multilayer moisture barrier film for food packaging. The film includes desiccant-containing inner layers with cavities for effective moisture control. The package maintains optimal moisture levels, enhancing food shelf life. GlobalData’s report on General Mills gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Smarter leaders trust GlobalData


Premium Insights General Mills Inc - Company Profile

Buy the Report

Premium Insights

The gold standard of business intelligence.

Find out more

According to GlobalData’s company profile on General Mills, Filled confectionary manufacturing was a key innovation area identified from patents. General Mills's grant share as of February 2024 was 72%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Moisture barrier film for food packaging

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: General Mills Inc

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11912488B2) discloses an article comprising a foodstuff and a package with a multilayer moisture barrier. The package includes a first outer layer, a second outer layer, and three inner layers with desiccant particles dispersed in a polymeric matrix. The desiccant, silica particles, helps maintain the desired moisture content within the package. The first and second inner layers are oriented layers made of specific polymers and contain a surfactant particle associated with the desiccant particles. Importantly, the third inner layer is devoid of desiccant, ensuring effective moisture control.

Furthermore, the patent details various claims related to the composition and configuration of the multilayer moisture barrier. These claims specify the percentage range of desiccant particles in the inner layers, the sealability of the first outer layer, and the absence of desiccant in certain layers. The patent emphasizes the nonmetallic nature of the layers in the moisture barrier and the package, highlighting the use of specific materials for effective moisture management. Additionally, it mentions the sorption properties of the desiccant, particularly fumed silica particles, and the composition of the polymeric matrix in the inner layers. Overall, the patent aims to protect a novel packaging design that ensures optimal moisture control for food products, enhancing their shelf life and quality.

To know more about GlobalData’s detailed insights on General Mills, buy the report here.

Premium Insights


The gold standard of business intelligence.

Blending expert knowledge with cutting-edge technology, GlobalData’s unrivalled proprietary data will enable you to decode what’s happening in your market. You can make better informed decisions and gain a future-proof advantage over your competitors.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData Patent Analytics tracks bibliographic data, legal events data, point in time patent ownerships, and backward and forward citations from global patenting offices. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.