PepsiCo. has filed a patent for a beverage can design that includes a separate ingredient chamber. The chamber, located on the can end, stores functional ingredients separately from the base beverage until the can is opened. When the consumer opens the can, the ingredient chamber automatically releases the functional ingredients. The chamber can have a sealed membrane or a deformed cavity, and the can end has a weakened portion that can be broken open by a tab to create a drinking opening. GlobalData’s report on PepsiCo 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 PepsiCo, Artificial sweetners was a key innovation area identified from patents. PepsiCo's grant share as of September 2023 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Beverage can with ingredient chamber for separate storage and release

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

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230312196A1) describes a new design for a beverage can end that includes an ingredient chamber. The beverage can end is made of metal and has a weakened portion that can be broken open to create a drinking opening. The can end also features a tab on the topside that can be actuated to break open the weakened portion. Attached to the underside of the metal body is an ingredient chamber, which contains a sealed membrane holding a beverage ingredient. When the tab is actuated to break the weakened portion, the sealed membrane is also broken, releasing the beverage ingredient.

The patent also describes additional features of the beverage can end. The actuation of the tab not only breaks the weakened portion but also creates a flange that forces its way through the sealed membrane, ensuring the release of the beverage ingredient. The sealed membrane is attached to the underside of the metal body using an adhesive. It consists of a top portion and a bottom portion, together forming a sealed cavity that contains the beverage ingredient. The size of the ingredient chamber can range from 0.1 cc to 65 cc.

The patent also covers a beverage can that incorporates the described beverage can end. The beverage can includes a can body to which the can end is attached. Importantly, the ingredient chamber is not in contact with the beverage can body. The can also contains a base beverage that is sealed within the can, as well as a separate beverage ingredient sealed within the ingredient chamber. These two components are separated by the sealed membrane while the can remains closed. Opening the can breaks the sealed membrane, allowing the beverage ingredient to be released into the base beverage.

In summary, the patent describes a beverage can end with an ingredient chamber that can be easily opened using a tab. The ingredient chamber contains a sealed membrane holding a beverage ingredient, which is released when the tab is actuated. The patent also covers a beverage can that incorporates this can end design, allowing for the controlled release of the beverage ingredient into the base beverage.

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