Patent Number: 8,876,521

Title: Method and apparatus for making centre-filled shaped food products

Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for making a food product (2), said product having a solid outer shell (3) with top (4), bottom (5) and side (6) walls, and optionally an inner core (7) filled with liquid, semi-solid and/or solid filling, characterized in that said apparatus comprises: (i) a support frame (8) holding at least one matrix (9) that goes through said support frame (8) and has opposed openings, (ii) two punches (11a, 11b) disposed respectively each side of said matrix (9) and facing said openings, said punches having a cross section that corresponds to the cross section of said openings, and being movable along a common axis that corresponds to the longitudinal axis of said matrix, said matrix and said pair of punches defining respectively the side and the end walls of a mold (12), (iii) filling means for filling the mold (12), with a predetermined quantity of food product in a liquid or semi-solid form, (iv) actuating means for moving said punches (11a, 11b) and exerting a longitudinal pressure onto said punches when said mold (12), is filled with food product and closed so that said product contained into said mold is compressed, (v) ejecting means for ejecting a molded food product (2), out of the mold (12), once the latter is in the open position.

Inventors: Heald; Victor (York, GB), Singh; Satinder Pal (York, GB), Taylor; Jonathan (Stillington Yorkshire, GB)

Assignee: Nestec S.A.

International Classification: A23G 3/54 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00