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1. (WO1998049902) FOOD APPARATUS FOR FORMING MULTIPLE COLORED EXTRUDATES AND METHOD OF PREPARATION

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/049902    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/007906
Publication Date: Fri Nov 13 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 18 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: A21C 3/04
A21C 11/16
Applicants: GENERAL MILLS, INC.
CREMERS, Thomas, G.
WEINSTEIN, James, N.
Inventors: CREMERS, Thomas, G.
WEINSTEIN, James, N.
Title: FOOD APPARATUS FOR FORMING MULTIPLE COLORED EXTRUDATES AND METHOD OF PREPARATION
Abstract:
An apparatus (10) for forming a single extrudable food stream such as a cooked cereal dough into a plurality of differently colored and/or flavored dough streams is disclosed including an extruder (12) having screw augers (15) in a main passageway (14) for advancing a plastic food mass, a means (18) for dividing the plastic food mass into a plurality of substreams such as a branching passageway section in fluid communication with a plurality of sub-divided dough passageways, and a die head (30) having a plurality of die ports (40) for each subpassageway. Each subpassageway has a separate means for supplying an additive and has disposed therein a multiplicity of in-line static mixer elements (59) to admix the additive into the substreams of the plastic food mass before passage through the die ports (40). In a preferred form, a portion of the food mass is bled from a first substream and fed to the exit ports (40) of a second substream to create an extrudate including zones of distinct food mass. The extrudates are severed intoindividual pieces (41, 158) by a rotary cutter (36).