Method for increasing theconcentration of conjugated linoleic acid in milk and/or tissue fat of a ruminant

Author: Valio Oy (Nurmela K.)
Patent Type: PCT Patent Application  WO 99/20123  En:en Priority data: (Finland) (21.10.97 and 30.4.98) Filing date: 20.10.98 See published patentdocument for Designated Contracting States. (saan: 500787)

Abstract: Conjugatedlinoleic acid (CLA) is recognized as providing protection against certain forms of cancerin addition to other health benefits. This invention concerns a method for increasing theconcentration of cis-9, trans-11 isomer of octadecadienoic acid in the milk fat and/ortissue fat of a ruminant. Vaccenic acid is fed to the ruminant, either as such, or mixedwith other feed with or without other fatty acids. This measure could provide significantpublic health benefit by providing milk with increased CLA content.

Method for producing cold-filteredbeer

Author: Brau-UnionOsterreich AG  (Pelz D., Moser G., Zanker G.)
Patent Type: European Patent Application  0 915 963 De:de:enPriority data: (Austria) (8.4.97)  Filing date: 8.4.98 See published patent documentfor Designated Contracting States.   WO 98/45404 (15.10.98) (saan: 501649)

Abstract: Cold-filteredbeer is produced by filtering the beer through a cleanable, reusable membrane filter. Thefilter is cleaned by bringing it into contact with an aprotically polar solvent,preferably dimethyl sulfoxide, dimethyl formamide or tetrahydrofuran, which can becompletely rinsed out. This method gives the filter a longer service life.

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Method to retain carbonation incarbonated beverages and composition therefor

Author: Coca-Cola Co.(Rule M.)
Patent Type: PCT Patent Application  WO 99/20128 En:en Priority data: (US) (16.10.97) Filing date: 9.10.98 See published patent document forDesignated Contracting States. (saan: 500791)

Abstract: Carbonatedbeverages in bottles can suffer from loss of carbon dioxide through the walls of thecontainer. This invention provides a carbonating agent for addition to carbonatedbeverages. The agent undergoes slow hydrolysis in acidic aqueous media, and releasescarbon dioxide to constantly replenish lost carbon dioxide. The shelf-life of the beverageis thus extended. The carbonating agent may be a carbonic acid ester such as propylenecarbonate, 1,3-butylene carbonate, diethyl carbonate, neopentylene carbonate or propylenecarbonate, or mixtures of these.

Closure assembly for pressurizedcontainers

Author: Beeson and SonsLtd  (King R.)
Patent Type: PCT Patent Application  WO 99/19228  En:enPriority data: (UK) (10.10.97) Filing date: 9.10.98 See published patent document forDesignated Contracting States. (saan: 500642)

Abstract: Conventionally,most carbonated beverage containers have continuous helical threads on the container andclosure. The design requires a low-pitch angle thread to ensure that the closure does notunscrew spontaneously as a result of internal pressure; however, this means that thecontainers can be difficult to open, and can also permit some gas venting to take placewhile the closure is being unscrewed. This invention seeks to provide an improved pressuresafety cap for carbonated beverage containers. The neck and closure are constructed with apressure safety feature that blocks unscrewing of the closure, and provides for gasventing from the inside of the container when the closure is at an intermediate positionon the neck.


Author: Easycarton Ltd (Laker J.P., Laker K.A.)
Patent Type: British Patent Application  2 330 825  En:enPriority data: (UK) (29.10.97 and 8.5.98) Filing date: 29.10.98 (saan: 501717)

Abstract: The inventionrelates to gable-topped containers for milk, fruit juices, etc., and provides an improvedmeans of opening such containers using a pull-tab. This enables a separating force to beapplied to the ridge seal of the container. The pull-tab is secured to the container attwo laterally separated lines or areas with an intermediate unsecured portion between thesecured portions. Pulling the pull-tab causes two opposing forces to be generated. The tabhas preferably two laterally extending feet, each of which is secured to one of thetriangular roof faces of the gabled end wall of the container.

Straw and dispensing device for usein a beverage container

Author: Popstraw Co. LLC (Cornell S.W., Murphy P.F., Taylor J.)
Patent Type: PCT Patent Application  WO 99/30599  En:enPriority data: (US) (17.12.97) Filing date: 16.12.98 See published patent document forDesignated Contracting States. (saan: 502135)

Abstract: A straw assemblyis described for use with a beverage can. The straw is adapted for use with variouspositioning mechanisms, including one that incorporates a slider device. The sliderpositions the straw in an opening of the can. The straw assembly may be made frombiodegradable (photodegradable) material that is rapidly degraded on exposure to sunlight.