Patent Number: 6,253,948

Title: Nestable container with expendable closure panel covering access opening in container wall

Abstract: A stackable nestable container has access openings in at least one of the side and end walls. The access openings are covered by a dispensable panel that can be removed for enabling access to the contents of the container. The container is therefore suitable for use in shipping goods as well as displaying the goods at a retail outlet. Upon return of empty containers, the panels do not need to be replaced and the containers can be stacked in a nested stack, separately from the lids. Then, when the containers are to be used again, new or replacement panels are fit into the access openings. The panels are of a lightweight, inexpensive material and are therefore expendable, and can even be discarded by the user when a need arises to remove or replace the panels. Also, the panels have a wide flat area on which advertising or other indicia can be printed, which is typically displayed on the sides of containers.

Inventors: Ficker; Paul J. (Cincinnati, OH)

Assignee: Buckhorn, Inc.

International Classification: B65D 21/02 (20060101); B65D 25/00 (20060101); B65D 043/14 (); B65D 043/04 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018