PepsiCo has been granted a patent for a beverage nucleation device that uses ultrasonic energy to cause nucleation of supercooled beverages. The device includes a housing, support for the beverage container, and an applicator with elastomeric material. The device ensures efficient nucleation of beverages. 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 February 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Beverage nucleation device using ultrasonic energy for supercooled beverages

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

A newly granted patent (Publication Number: US11910815B2) discloses a beverage nucleation device designed to efficiently induce nucleation in supercooled beverages. The device comprises a housing with a beverage container receiving area, a support for the beverage container, an applicator that contacts the container's sidewall, and an ultrasonic transducer that generates ultrasonic energy to trigger nucleation. Additionally, the device includes a beverage container holder with movable arms to secure the container during the process. An actuator, indicator for nucleation completion, and drive mechanism for arm movement are also part of the device, ensuring precise and controlled nucleation.

Furthermore, the patented device features an elastomeric applicator, one or more movable gates to secure the beverage container, and a control unit that manages the drive mechanism and ultrasonic transducer operations. The applicator's contact surface area, ultrasonic energy power, and frequency range are specified within the patent claims, highlighting the device's precise and customizable nucleation capabilities. With a focus on efficient nucleation induction in supercooled beverages, this patented device offers a comprehensive solution for enhancing beverage quality and presentation through controlled nucleation processes.

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