Patent Number: 6,254,373

Title: Gum processing and packaging system

Abstract: A process and apparatus for the continuous production, processing and packaging of a final chewing gum product. The product is extruded as a continuous tape or ribbon of material, the material is flattened into a approximate final cross-sectional size and shape, and then inserted into a final sizing apparatus. The sizing apparatus maintains the gum product in its final cross-sectional size and shape. Thereafter, the continuous strip of final chewing gum product is scored, cut into individual pieces, and individually wrapped by a standard packaging machine. The individually wrapped pieces of gum can then be assembled into sets and packaged into packs of gum.

Inventors: Hoffman; Earl Roger (Machesney Park, IL), Friberg; Anita (Roscoe, IL), Degady; Marc (Morris Plains, NJ)

Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company

International Classification: A23G 4/02 (20060101); A23G 4/04 (20060101); B29C 043/46 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018