Hershey has been granted a patent for a strengthened, self-reinforced package with reinforced lines of weakness. The package is resistant to fracture during stacking and transport, even when its contents jostle against the inside. The package is formed from a single blank and includes multiple panels with interconnected lines of weakness. The patent also includes specific details about the configuration and attachment of the panels. GlobalData’s report on Hershey 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 Hershey, enzyme fortified cocoa products was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hershey's grant share as of September 2023 was 47%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A patent granted for a strengthened, self-reinforced package

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Hershey Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11772842B2) describes a strengthened, self-reinforced package formed from a single blank. The package consists of multiple panels that are interconnected to create a sturdy structure. The first panel is connected to a second panel, which is then connected to a third panel, and so on. The fifth and sixth panels have multiple lines of weakness, including horizontal and vertical lines, which are strengthened and reinforced by being held adjacent to the first and second panels, respectively. The horizontal lines of weakness of the fifth and sixth panels are continuous and interconnected. The package is designed to house one or more rigid items, which can be geometrically similar or the same. The package is stackable with other similar packages, allowing for easy storage and transportation.

The patent also describes a strengthened, self-reinforced stacked structure made up of multiple of these self-reinforced packages. Each package in the stacked structure is formed from a single blank and has the same interconnected panel configuration as described earlier. The stacked structure is strengthened and reinforced by each individual package used to create it. The outside surfaces of the first and second panels of each package form the three sides of the stacked structure. The inside surfaces of the first and second panels face inwardly into each package. Similar to the individual package, the stacked structure is capable of housing one or more rigid items.

Overall, this patent presents a novel packaging design that provides strength and reinforcement through the interconnection of panels and the use of lines of weakness. The package and stacked structure offer versatility in terms of housing different types of rigid items and can be easily stacked for efficient storage and transportation.

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