Tyson Foods patented a system and method for making jerky meat products involving injecting heated brine into cool meat, slicing, applying a topical coating, flattening, and drying the slices. The process ensures the meat reaches an elevated temperature below 140°F for optimal flavor and texture. GlobalData’s report on Tyson Foods 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 Tyson Foods, Pick and place robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. Tyson Foods's grant share as of January 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for making jerky meat product

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11812756B1) outlines innovative methods for processing meat products using a heated brine solution. The first method involves heating the brine to reduce viscosity and increase solubility, injecting it into cool meat products, slicing, applying a topical coating, flattening, and drying the slices to a desired moisture level. The second method includes pumping heated brine at a positive pressure, injecting it into meat products, slicing, applying a topical coating, flattening, and drying the slices. Additional steps such as tumbling, cooling, and grilling are also detailed in the claims.

The patent emphasizes the use of specific brine compositions, viscosity ranges, and temperature control to achieve optimal results in meat processing. The methods involve precise steps such as injecting, slicing, coating, and flattening the meat products to enhance flavor, texture, and moisture retention. The incorporation of tumbling, cooling, and vibrating techniques further enhances the overall quality of the processed meat products. These methods offer a systematic approach to meat processing, ensuring consistent results and improved product quality.

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