Patent Number: 6,296,468

Title: Extrusion die

Abstract: A process for manufacturing an expanded cereal with the overall shape of an array of touching balls and an extrusion die and an extruder for use with the process. The die includes a feed ring for receiving material from an extruder, a cylindrical distribution chamber having a front wall and rear wall which includes the feed ring, and an array of parallel extrusion tubes provided in the front wall of the distribution chamber. The feed ring is in communication with the array of parallel extrusion tubes through the distribution chamber. The distribution chamber also includes a cylindrical distribution insert that extends axially from the center of the feed ring towards the front wall but spaced from the array of extrusion tubes. The process involves cooking and extruding a mixture of starchy material, sugar, oil, and water in a cooker-extruder and forcing the cooked material through the extrusion die.

Inventors: Deutsch; Roman (Lutry, CH), Heck; Ernst (Vufflens-la-Ville, CH), Martin; Jean-Pierre (Villars-Burquin, CH)

Assignee: Nestec S.A.

International Classification: A23P 1/14 (20060101); A23L 1/00 (20060101); A23L 1/18 (20060101); A21C 11/00 (20060101); A21C 11/16 (20060101); A23P 001/00 (); B29C 047/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018