Patent Number: 6,293,393

Title: Apparatus and methods for packaging and distributing combinations of foods and beverages

Abstract: A combined food and beverage package including a snack food container and a multi-pack carton of beverage containers is disclosed. The multi-pack carton typically contains at least six or twelve beverage containers, which can be cans or bottles. A packaging material at least partially surrounds both the multi-pack carton and the snack food container, thus holding the multi-pack carton and the snack food container in combination. The combined package can also include an adhesive between the multi-pack carton and the snack food container that holds a face of the multi-pack carton and a face of the snack food container in mutual abutment. To facilitate palletizing the combined packages, the surface areas of the faces can be approximately the same. Apparatus and methods for manufacturing such a combined food and beverage package are also disclosed.

Inventors: Clay; Forrest Kelly (Worland, WY)

Assignee: SDK Co., Inc.

International Classification: B65D 81/32 (20060101); B65B 61/20 (20060101); B65D 71/50 (20060101); B65D 75/54 (20060101); B65D 71/00 (20060101); B65D 77/24 (20060101); B65D 75/52 (20060101); B65D 085/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018