Kraft Heinz has filed a patent for a condiment dispensing pump system. The system includes a valve chamber, a valve retainer, a one-way valve, a spout, and a dispensing nozzle. The one-way valve and dispensing nozzle are both tethered to their respective components, allowing for easy removal and reattachment. GlobalData’s report on Kraft Heinz gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A condiment dispensing pump system with removable parts

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

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230309756A1) describes a condiment dispensing pump system. The system includes a valve chamber, a valve retainer, a one-way valve, a spout, and a dispensing nozzle. The valve retainer is designed to connect to an inlet flow path and includes a valve cavity for the one-way valve. The one-way valve is tethered to the valve retainer, allowing it to be removed from the valve cavity while still attached. The spout is fluidly coupled to the valve cavity and the dispensing nozzle is removably attached to the end of the spout, remaining tethered to the spout tube even when detached.

The patent also mentions that the valve chamber and valve retainer can be removably connected using keyhole slots and protrusions. Additionally, the entire pump system is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean. The dispensing nozzle is composed of a flexible material, providing flexibility and durability. The cavity of the valve chamber has a smooth internal wall, ensuring smooth flow of the condiment.

The system further includes a pump chamber and a pumping cap that can be moved along the length of the pump chamber. This allows the pumping cap to force the condiment from the valve cavity through the spout. A guide ring is also included, which is removably coupled to the pumping cap and moves along the pump chamber with it. A sealing collar with a gasket is removably coupled to the pump chamber, allowing the pumping cap to move relative to the sealing collar.

In another embodiment, the spout is integral with the pump chamber. A spring is included to bias the pumping cap away from the valve chamber. The one-way valve can be moved between an installed position and a removed position, with the installed position having the valve located in the valve cavity and the removed position having the valve outside of the valve cavity but still tethered to the valve retainer.

Another aspect of the patent describes a condiment dispensing device that includes a housing with inner surface ribs and a pump system with pump ribs that engage with the housing ribs to affix the pump system to the inner surface. The pump system includes a valve chamber, a pump chamber, a valve retainer, a one-way valve, a spout, and a pumping cap.

Overall, this patent presents a condiment dispensing pump system and device with various features such as removable components, dishwasher-safe design, flexible dispensing nozzle, and smooth internal walls for efficient condiment flow.

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