Title:
Paper and foil wrap product
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The paper and foil wrap product is a rolled wrap product for allowing a user to manually wrap foodstuff. The paper and foil wrap product is made by affixing a paper layer, such as waxed paper or parchment paper, to a foil layer, such as aluminum foil. Indicia may be displayed on the foil layer. The paper layer and foil layer may be attached to one another using an adhesive, a series of locking folds, or melting wax of the waxed paper onto the foil layer. In another embodiment, the paper and foil wrap product is configured into the shape of a bag. In a further embodiment, the parchment paper is affixed to an aluminum baking sheet.



Inventors:
Molinari, David L. (Hagerstown, MD, US)
Application Number:
10/834249
Publication Date:
11/03/2005
Filing Date:
04/29/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D1/00; B65D65/10; B65D65/40; (IPC1-7): B65D1/00
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Primary Examiner:
PATTERSON, MARC A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Richard C. Litman (Alexandria, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A paper and foil wrap product, said paper and foil wrap product comprising: (a) a paper layer, said paper layer providing a non-stick surface against food; (b) a foil layer; and (c) an attachment means for joining said paper layer to said foil layer; wherein said paper layer and foil wrap product is rolled about a cylindrical tube, for dispensing therefrom.

2. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein said paper layer is waxed paper.

3. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein said paper layer is parchment paper.

4. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein said foil layer is aluminum foil.

5. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein said foil layer is copper foil.

6. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein the attachment means is an adhesive.

7. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 7, wherein the adhesive is biodegradable.

8. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 7, wherein the adhesive is consumable.

9. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein the attachment means is a plurality of locking folds, whereby an edge of the foil layer folds over an edge of the paper layer such that the paper layer is enclosed within the foil layer.

10. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 2, wherein the attachment means is the paper layer melted onto the foil layer.

11. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 1, wherein a plurality of indicia is displayed on the foil layer.

12. A paper and foil wrap product, said paper and foil wrap product for holding food products, comprising: (a) a paper layer, said paper layer providing a non-stick surface against food; (b) a foil layer and (c) an adhesive, said adhesive bonding together said paper layer and said foil layer; wherein said paper and foil wrap product is formed into a bag shape.

13. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 11, wherein said paper layer is waxed paper.

14. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 11, wherein said foil layer is aluminum foil.

15. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 11, wherein said foil layer is copper foil.

16. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 8, wherein the adhesive is biodegradable.

17. The paper and foil wrap product of claim 8, wherein the adhesive is consumable.

18. A parchment paper and aluminum sheet product, comprising: (a) a parchment paper layer, said parchment paper layer providing a non-stick surface against food; (b) an aluminum sheet; and (c) an adhesive, said adhesive bonding together said parchment paper layer and said aluminum sheet.

19. The parchment paper and aluminum sheet product of claim 11, wherein the attachment means is an adhesive.

20. The parchment paper and aluminum sheet product of claim 12, wherein the adhesive is biodegradable.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to food wrappers, and particularly to a combination paper and foil wrap product.

2. Description of the Related Art

There are a variety of wrappers used to maintain the freshness of food or provide packaging for food products. Some common food wrappers are cellophane wrap and aluminum foil. Additionally, there are a number of paper products that may be used to protect food from moisture and maintain the freshness of the food product. Examples of these paper products include waxed paper and parchment paper.

While the food wrappers protect the foodstuff they are wrapped about, they may not be preferential as the only layer protecting the food. Each wrap product has different properties that provide specific benefits in encasing food. Cellophane wrap does not maintain the shape of certain items of food as well as other wrap products. Aluminum foil does preserve the shape of the food product well, but is not necessarily the most effective in maintaining the freshness of the food. In addition, an aluminum foil wrapper used alone may change the taste of the food held within it. Many users may also be wary of health effects associated with food that has come in contact with aluminum foil. Further, aluminum foil or cellophane wrap may not be the most suitable wrap for preventing the food from sticking to the surface of the wrap.

Waxed paper and parchment paper are able to protect food and provide better non-stick qualities than the aluminum foil or cellophane wrap. Food does not attach to the surface of the paper products as easily as to the cellophane wrap or aluminum foil. While the waxed paper and parchment paper may aid in maintaining the shape of food about which the paper is situated, they lack the effective wrapping properties to contain the food or maintain the shape of the food product if used alone.

In addition, it is beneficial for the wrap product to be rolled such that a user may easily access the product for encasing food.

Accordingly, there is a need for a rolled food wrap product that combines the qualities of waxed or parchment paper and the qualities of aluminum foil.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,716,441, issued Feb. 13, 1973 to E. Black et al., describes a method for preparing a tri-layer laminated article, typically used to wrap candy. Thermoplastic polymer particles and wax are added to a container then heated to a temperature that melts the wax but does not melt the polymer particles. The polymer/wax dispersion is applied to either a metallic layer or a cellulosic layer, and the layers are pressed together and heated. The cellulosic layer begins to absorb the wax in the polymer/wax dispersion, and the added heat melts the polymer particles. After cooling, a tri-layer article is formed with the polymer layer between the metallic and cellulosic layers.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,865,664, issued Feb. 11, 1975 to R. Neumann, describes a method of laminating a foil candy wrapper. The method allows for lamination of the wrapper while providing the wrapper enough strength to withstand twisting. A paper base is coated with wax then bonded to a foil layer. The paper base/foil layer is dampened with an aqueous plasticizing solution and aged such that a specific moisture level for the wrapper is met.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,631,574 B2, issued Oct. 14, 2003 to R. Okyere, shows a roll core of a rolled product. The roll core is a tube that has a display such that when the product has been unrolled, the display is visible. The display comprises a flexible secondary sheet that may be applied to the tube.

Other patents showing wrap products include U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. U.S. 2002/0146525 A1, published Oct. 10, 2002 and invented by S. Huffer et al. (laminate for gum packing); U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. U.S. 2003/0080005 A1, published May 1, 2003 and invented by J. Toussant et al. (flexible wrap kit and methods); U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. U.S. 2003/0080020 A1, published May 1, 2003 and invented by S. Kopecky (package having releaseably secured consumable products); U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. U.S. 2003/0143383 A1, published Jul. 31, 2003 and invented by J. Eshbach, Jr. et al. (metallized decorative laminate).

Additional patents showing wrap products include U.S. Pat. No. 3,634,206, issued Jan. 11, 1972 to H. Herrmann (aluminum foil or band with an electrically insulating or decorative coating thereon and a method for producing the same); U.S. Pat. No. 3,660,211, issued May 2, 1972 to N. Brody (plastic article and method of production); U.S. Pat. No. 4,096,309, issued Jun. 20, 1978 to N. Stillman (laminated packaging material); U.S. Pat. No. 4,296,162, issued Oct. 20, 1981 to R. Jean (wallcoverings); U.S. Pat. No. 4,297,811, issued Nov. 3, 1981 to D. Weder (laminated printed foil flower pot wrap with multicolor appearance); U.S. Pat. No. 5,177,332, issued Jan. 5, 1993 to D. Fong (microwave energy susceptible conformable laminate packaging materials); U.S. Pat. No. 5,653,844, issued Aug. 5, 1997 to R. Abrams (method of producing foil laminate coverings having double-sided printing); Eur. Pat. App. No. EP 0 034 682 A1, published Sep. 2, 1981 (laminating wax for packaging laminates); Jap. Pat. App. No. 5-147164, published Jun. 15, 1993 (composite decorative laminated sheet); Eur. Pat. App. No. EP 1 083 043 A1, published Mar. 14, 2001 (packaging material for food products).

None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus a paper and foil wrap product solving the aforementioned problems is desired.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The paper and foil wrap product is a rolled product made with a paper layer and a foil layer. The paper layer and the foil layer are affixed together. The paper layer is typically a non-stick paper product such as waxed paper or parchment paper. The foil layer is a product that may be used to manually wrap food. The foil layer is typically aluminum foil or copper foil. The combined paper and foil layers are rolled about a tube so that a user may easily access the product. Indicia may be displayed on the foil layer.

The paper layer and foil layer may be joined using an adhesive, such as glue. The layers may additionally be attached to each other through a series of locking folds. These locking folds are the result of the foil layer being folded onto the edges of the paper layer, essentially locking the paper layer within the foil layer. When the paper layer is waxed paper, melting the wax of the waxed paper and affixing the paper layer onto the foil layer is another method of joining the layers together.

In another embodiment, the paper and foil wrap product is configured into the shape of a bag. In a further embodiment, the paper layer is affixed to an aluminum sheet or baking pan to allow for placement into in oven. This embodiment requires the use of only the parchment paper, as waxed paper will melt if placed in an oven.

Advantageously, the paper and foil wrap product is generally a rolled wrapping device for manual wrap by users that provides the qualities of both paper wrap and foil wrap in one product. Further, it is simply constructed and does not require elaborate production.

It is an aspect of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.

These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an environmental, perspective view of a paper and foil wrap product according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the paper and foil wrap product according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a planar top view of the paper and foil wrap product according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a planar bottom view of the paper and foil wrap product according to the first embodiment of the present invention with indicia thereon.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the paper and foil wrap product according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a paper and aluminum sheet product according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention is a paper and foil wrap product that allows a user to manually wrap food products, designated generally as 10 in the drawings. The paper and foil wrap product 10 has a paper layer 12 that is attached to a foil layer 14 and capable of being rolled about a cylindrical roll tube 30. The paper layer 12 may be waxed paper or parchment paper. The foil layer 14 may be aluminum foil or copper foil.

Referring first to FIG. 1, the paper and foil wrap product 10 is made with a paper layer 12 that is on the top side of the wrap product 10. The paper and foil wrap product 10 has a foil layer 14 that is on the bottom side of the wrap product 10. The paper layer 12 is attached to the foil layer 14 with an adhesive 16, such as glue. The adhesive 16 may be biodegradable. Additionally, the adhesive 16 may be consumable. The paper and foil wrap product 10 is able to wrap about a cylindrical roll tube 30 to allow a user to unroll the wrap product 10 at the user's convenience.

Turning now to FIG. 2, the paper and foil wrap product 10 is shown in a cross-sectional view. The paper layer 12 is attached to the foil layer 14 by the adhesive 16.

FIG. 3 illustrates an alternative embodiment of the paper and foil wrap product 10 rolled about the cylindrical roll 30. An edge of the foil layer 14 is folded over an edge of the paper layer 12, providing a plurality of locking folds 40. The plurality of locking folds 40 keep the paper layer 12 held essentially within the foil layer 14.

FIG. 4 shows the underside of the paper and foil wrap product 10 with indicia 50 displayed thereon. Indicia 50, such as word phrases, are stamped upon the foil layer 14 with a seal. The foil layer 14 provides a display area for the indicia 50.

FIG. 5 shows an additional embodiment of the paper and foil wrap product 10. The paper and foil wrap product 10 is configured in the shape of a bag. The paper layer 12 is attached to the foil layer 14 by an adhesive 16 such as glue. Food may be placed within the wrap product 10 shaped as a bag. A user then wraps the foil layer 14 over so as to fully encase the food. The paper and foil wrap product 10 configured as a bag may be placed in an oven, providing that the paper layer 12 is parchment paper, as waxed paper will melt.

FIG. 6 illustrates an additional embodiment of the invention. The paper layer 12 is attached to an aluminum sheet 22. The paper layer 12 is parchment paper, as waxed paper will melt if placed in an oven. The parchment paper layer 12 is attached to the aluminum sheet 22 by an adhesive 16, such as glue, forming a parchment paper and aluminum sheet product 20. Additionally, a baking pan, muffin pan or the like may be substituted for the aluminum sheet 22.

In an additional embodiment, the paper layer 12 may be affixed to the foil layer 14, provided that the paper layer 12 is waxed paper. The waxed paper layer 12 is bonded to the foil layer 14 by heating the waxed paper layer 12 using a heat press, heated rollers or the like. The wax of the waxed paper layer 12 melts and attaches the waxed paper layer 12 onto the foil layer 14 when the layers are pressed together.

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.