GB2349634A - Packaging for sandwiches - Google Patents

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GB2349634A
GB2349634A GB0010310A GB0010310A GB2349634A GB 2349634 A GB2349634 A GB 2349634A GB 0010310 A GB0010310 A GB 0010310A GB 0010310 A GB0010310 A GB 0010310A GB 2349634 A GB2349634 A GB 2349634A
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/42Details of containers or of foldable or erectable container blanks
    • B65D5/4204Inspection openings or windows
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/20Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding-up portions connected to a central panel from all sides to form a container body, e.g. of tray-like form
    • B65D5/2014Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding-up portions connected to a central panel from all sides to form a container body, e.g. of tray-like form the central panel having a non rectangular shape
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/20Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding-up portions connected to a central panel from all sides to form a container body, e.g. of tray-like form
    • B65D5/2038Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding-up portions connected to a central panel from all sides to form a container body, e.g. of tray-like form at least two opposed folded-up portions having a non-rectangular shape
    • B65D5/2042Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper by folding-up portions connected to a central panel from all sides to form a container body, e.g. of tray-like form at least two opposed folded-up portions having a non-rectangular shape triangular
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D77/00Packages formed by enclosing articles or materials in preformed containers, e.g. boxes, cartons, sacks or bags
    • B65D77/02Wrapped articles enclosed in rigid or semi-rigid containers

Abstract

One or more sandwiches wrapped in transparent film are deposited in a carton having two quadrilateral panels 7,9, two triangular panels 3,5 and a further panel 11 defining a lid, preferably with a viewing window 13. Tongues and slots 17,19;31,31a;33,33a may be provided to hold the carton closed or flaps 27,29 may be glued in a closed condition.

Description

PACKAGING During recent years, sandwiches have increased in importance as a take-away food item. Originally sandwiches were supplied in paper bags, but these do not provide resistance to crushing. For some years, most sandwiches sold by retail have been packed in vacuum-formed plastics packs. Although robust and light in weight, plastics packs are environmentally unfriendly and cannot be disposed of easily because of their elastic memory. These packs do not have a surface on which details of ingredients may be printed, and for this reason it is difficult to develop brands of sandwiches. The plastics packs are also shaped so as to occupy more shelf space than required by sandwich volume. Sandwiches may also be wrapped in transparent plastics film, but this too cannot be printed with details and the sandwiches remain at risk of crushing.

A triangular sandwich carton disclosed in patent specification GB No. 2331291A formed from a blank of card has triangular end walls connected by rectangular side walls to form a triangular prism shape. One side wall of the carton is hinged to another wall of the carton to provide an opening for insertion of a sandwich and to form a lid for closing the opening. The edges of the lid and edges of the carton extending from the hinge have integral tabs connected by a fold line whereby the tabs fold inwardly beneath the lid as it is closed over the opening to assist in retaining foodstuff in the carton. A window covered by transparent film is preferably provided and a fold line may facilitate flattening of the carton.

The carton is not easy to erect and close and not suited to automated assembly and packing. The appearance of the lid and one of the triangular end walls suffer from the fold line which passes through them, while the appearance of the other triangular side wall suffers from a dividing line between two panels from which it is formed.

The legibility of printing on the carton is therefore adversely affecte and the area available for printing effectively reduced. Sandwiches contained within the carton are in contact with its inner surface which is necessarily provided with a greaseresistant coating.

The present invention seeks to overcome the problems of the prior art and resides in a number of separate aspects, including a method of packaging sandwiches as well as designs for cartons and carton blanks which enable the erected cartons to be stacked for supply and use.

In particular, in accordance with one aspect of the invention, flow wrapped sandwiches form a package received within a carton of novel construction which may have a viewing window to permit inspection. Because the sandwiches may be wrapped in transparent film, the window need not have a transparent panel covering it and the card used for the carton need not be coated. Because the package is hermetically sealed, the sandwiches may have a long shelf life. Herein the word "cartons used to mean a container formed by folding a blank of card, board or like material, in contradistinction to a container produced by moulding. Hitherto, it has not been possible to contemplate flow wrapping of sandwiches. This is because flow wrapping necessarily requires the packages to be sealed and severed along parallel lines and so form rectangular packages, which is inconsistent with the preferred triangular shape for sandwiches. This problem is overcome by the present invention which allows unfilled wings of the package to be folded over, or the complete package to be folded substantially in half before being inserted into the carton, which ensures the structural integrity of the package.

According to other aspects of the invention, a carton is proposed which may be stacked and is therefore more suitable for automated packing, whether or not sandwiches are wrapped before packing. The proposed design also allows cartons to be erected without the use of adhesive flaps, thereby simplifying assembly, and allowing the lid to be closed without applying an adhesive label.

Preferred forms of carton and carton blank and methods of assembly and packing will be described in more detail with reference to the drawings and have the advantages explained below. In particular, except for the space occupied by the viewing window, substantially the entire surface area of the carton may be printed with information concerning the brand and type of sandwich, as well as nutritional information. Because no fold lines pass through the lid and triangular sides, which are each formed in one piece, the clarity of the printing is not adversely affected.

The carton is economical to produce, light in weight, and environmentally friendly using sustainable and fully recyclable materials. The carton is also user friendly and tamper evident. Extras may readily be placed in the packaging, including collectibles, napkin, lemon, salt, pepper, etc.

The proposed carton occupies 14.5% less shelf space than comparable plastics pack products. Distribution costs are therefore reduced.

The proposed packaging is more robust than the known sandwich carton and gives greater security during transit and handling. By packing the carton with sandwiches wrapped in plastics film, their shelf life is increased and they are protected against crushing, ensuring that they reach the consumer in the best possible condition.

In the drawings: Figure 1 is a perspective view showing an erected carton for sandwiches, with the lid open, Figure 2 shows a blank for use in forming the carton shown in Figure 1, Figure 3 illustrates diagrammatically one method of forming the cartons, Figure 4A illustrates diagrammatically one method of forming and using the cartons, viewed both in elevation and plan, Figure 4B illustrates diagrammatically another method of forming and using the cartons, viewed both in elevation and plan, Figure 5 shows a modified blank, Figure 6 shows a carton having a modified lid, Figure 7 shows a carton having another modified lid, Figure 8 shows a blank for modified carton similar to that shown in Figure 6.

Referring to Figure 1, a carton 1 for use in retailing sandwiches is formed in one piece from cardboard with triangular front and rear side walls 3 and 5 respectively, joined by trapezium-shaped bottom walls 7 and 9. The walls 3,5,7 and 9 define a trough of triangular profile, dimensioned to receive one or more rounds of sandwiches cut diagonally. A lid 11 extends from the rear wall 5. The lid has an opening or viewing window 13 through which the contents of the carton may be seen and which, as shown, is oval in shape but can have any other shape. A carton intended to contain salmon sandwiches might, for example, have an opening 13 in the shape of a fish, whilst one intended for sandwiches to be sold at a tennis match might have an opening 13 shaped to represent tennis racquets. Extending along the longer, free edge of the lid 11 is a flap 15 formed with a tongue 17. The tongue is undercut by slits 18. The triangular front wall 3 has a segment shaped opening 19 from which slits 21 extend in line with its straight edge. The lid may be folded down to cover the trough formed by the walls, the flap 15 folded over to cover the upper edge of the front wall 3, and the tongue 17 inserted into the opening 19 and slits 21 wherein it is held firmly in place. Dust flaps 23 and 25 on the free edges of the walls 7 and 9 underlie the shorter edges of the lid.

A preferred blank 2 for assembly into the carton 1 is shown in Figure 2 wherein corresponding reference numerals are employed to indicate corresponding parts.

Fold lines are indicated by broken lines. The blank inclues a main portion 4 divided by fold lines b and c into a tapering, trapezium shaped panel 7 disposed between triangular panels 3 and 5. A panel 9 of tapering, trapezium shape is separated from the panel 7 by a fold line a. A rectangular panel 11, which will serve as the lid, is separated from the triangular panel 5 by a fold line d. Flaps 27 and 29 are provided on the blank panels 3 and 5. Fold lines between panel 3 and flap 27 on the one hand, and between panel 5 and flap 29 on the other, form extensions to the fold line a between panels 7 and 9. To assemble the carton, the panel 9 is folded into a position at an angle to panel 7 and the flaps 27 and 29 are glued to the edges of the panel 9 in the regions 27a, 29a. The angle V between the fold lines b and c separating the panels 3 and 5 from the panel 9 is between 90 and 94 and is preferably 92 so that the walls 7 and 9 in the erected carton meet at an angle slightly greater than a right angle. The angle W between each edge of the panel 7 and the fold line a separating panels 7 and 9 is between 92 and 96 and preferably 93.75 . A stack of cartons assembled from blanks 2 and in the erected condition shown in Figure 1 may therefore be nested with the lids arranged in parallel planes behind one another.

Because of the illustrated arrangement of the panels and the fact that only two flaps (27,29) need to be glued in place in order to assemble the carton, the blank lends itself to automated assembly. In one method of assembly depicted in Figure 3, blanks 2 are fed successively in the direction of arrow X into a position in line with a triangular former A. During this movement, the flaps 27, 29 are coated with hot melt adhesive. The former reciprocates vertically and carries a blank with it during each upwards movement. The former cooperates with guides to cause the panels 7 and 9 to be positioned at the desired angle relative to each other. The flaps 27,29 engage guides arranged in their path and are folded into positions in which they are made to adhere to panel 9. A stack B of cartons is thus formed, with the trough portions nested one within the other, and the lids extending vertically downwards, one behind the other.

The stack of cartons may be supplied to a user who makes and wraps sandwiches by hand in cellophane and packs them by hand into each carton as it is removed from the stack. The user then folds down and fixes the lid using tongue 17. The cartons may be supported on a conveyor belt and passed through a station at which the sandwiches are packed into them. The window 13 is left open and the sandwiches viewed through the cellophane wrapper.

Sandwiches may be packed unwrapped. In this case, the board used for the carton blanks may be coated on the side intended to be in contact with the sandwiches. The viewing window 13 is in this case covered with a film of acetate or other transparent film material glued to the inner side of the lid 11.

Alternatively, sandwiches to be deposited in the cartons may be flow wrapped in a filin of cellophane or other transparent material, and the viewing window left uncovered and the board uncoated.

Items, such as a napkin and packets of salt and pepper or collectibles, may be inserted into the carton before closing.

The outer side of the carton provides adequate surface area for printed matter relating to ingredients, manufacturer, brand and so on, without the printing area being obscured by fold lines or lines of separation.

Alternatively, blanks may be supplied to the user in flat condition and erected immediately before packing. As depicted in Figure 4A, a conveyor C (illustrated in elevation and plan) travels in direction Y. In successive stations, a sandwich is prepared, cut diagonally to form two triangular portions D which are stacked one on top of the other, and flow wrapped in cellophane or other transparent foil. Flow wrapping produces a rectangular package E containing the triangular sandwiches.

The empty wings of the package are folded over and the package inserted into a carton drawn from the stack B. The filled triangular cartons are then packed into rectangular cartons H for transportation.

In the modified method shown in Figure 4B, after cutting, the two half-portions D are moved slightly apart and left side by side on the conveyor and flow wrapped in this configuration. The spacing between the sandwich halves allows the resulting package E to be folded in half along the line of separation between the sandwich halves, as illustrated at G to form a triangular package F which is deposited in a carton drawn from the stack B. The filled cartons are packed into the rectangular cartons H.

Modifications may be made. In particular, the tongue 17 and slot 19/21 may be omitted and flap 15 secured to the wall 3 by an adhesive label or gluing. Flaps 27, 29 may be provided on the panel 9 instead of on the triangular panels. Alternatively one flap may be on panel 9 and the other on one of the triangular panels. The flaps 23,25 may be provided on the lid.

In an alternative mode of assembly, the flap 15 is glued to the longer, free edge of panel 3, and the flap 23 glued to the lid. The panel 9 is initially left unaffixed, thereby providing an opening through which the sandwiches may be inserted, before gluing the flaps 27,29 in place. A similar effect may be achieved by providing the triangular panel 3 on the lid, in place of flap 15.

Figure 5 shows a blank for a second embodiment of carton which may be erected without the use of adhesive and may be supplied in a flat condition to a retailer for him to erect. The flaps 27,29 are provided with tongues 31,33 which are inserted into slots 31a, 33a in the panel 9. In a variant of this modification, one flat is provided on the panel 9, and the other on the main portion 4.

Figure 6 shows a third embodiment of carton assembled from a blank generally as shown in Figure 2 but in which the panel 11 intended to constitute the lid adjoins the edge of panel 7 opposite to panel 9, or the edge of panel 9 opposite to panel 7.

Other arrangements may be used to secure the lid. It also falls within the invention for one triangular panel to adjoin one trapezium-shaped panel, and for the other triangular panel to adjoin the diagonally opposite side of the other trapezium-shaped panel. Figure 7 illustrates a further embodiment in which the upper edges of three of the four walls have folded over flaps 23 to which the lid 11 is glued in order to close it. In this case the lid need not be rectangular in shape and may be wider than the carton when closed. In an embodiment, such as that shown in Figure 7, in which the lid is glued to flaps on the walls of the carton (or flaps on the lid are glued to the walls of the carton), tear strips formed by lines of weakening may be provided in order to allow the lid to be torn open. Alternatively, the lid may be held to the flaps 23 shown in Figure 7 by a pelable adhesive which permits the lid to separate from the flaps when force is applied.

The blank shown in Figure 8 may be used to assemble a carton similar to that shown in Figure 6 but having a tongue 17 arranged to be retained in a slot 19/21 in the bottom wall panel 9, and with dust flaps 23,25 arranged along the edge of the triangular panels 3,5.

The panels 7 and 9 may be rectangular if it is desired to produce a non-nesting carton. The lid need not have a window opening if it is not desired to allow inspection of the contents of the carton.

It will, of course, be understood that the arrangements of flaps and tongues described and illustrated above in the context of any one embodiment of carton or blank, or the use of adhesive labels to secure the lid, may be used in connection with any other embodiment of carton described above.

Also, although the preparation, stacking (when carried out) and packing steps illustrated in Figures 4A and 4B are depicted as being carried out manually, it will be understood that these steps may be carried out by automated machiner, as may the folding-over of the package shown in Figure 4B. The flow wrapping of the sandwiches in Figures 4A and 4B may be carried out using a flow wrapping machine of conventional construction in which each package is sealed and severed from the foil strip along a transverse line.

Reference letters and numerals mentioned in the claims are for convenience only and are not intended to have any limiting effect.

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  1. CLAIMS 1. A method comprising wrapping a sandwich or sandwiches in transparent film to form a sealed triangular package, and depositing the package in a carton which comprises a pair of triangular side walls and quadrilateral bottom walls extending between two edges of the triangular walls, and closing a lid of the carton extending between the third edges of the triangular walls.
  2. 2. A method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the carton is drawn from a stack of nested cartons, each of said walls being formed from an unfolded, undivided panel of a blank.
  3. 3. A method as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein sandwiches travelling along a path are flow wrapped in transparent film to provide a succession of packages each including one or more sandwiches; and deposited in cartons.
  4. 4. A method as claimed in claim 3, wherein the packages are rectangular in shape and contain triangular sandwiches, and are folded substantially in half so as to fit the cartons.
  5. 5. An article of commerce comprising a triangular package consisting of one or more sandwiches wrapped in transparent film, the package being contained with a carton comprising a pair of triangular side walls and quadrilateral bottom walls extending between two edges of the triangular walls, and a lid extending between the third edges of the triangular walls.
  6. 6. An article as claimed in claim 5, wherein the lid has a viewing opening through which the film-wrapped package may be seen.
  7. 7. An article as claimed in claim 6, wherein each quadrilateral bottom wall is shaped as a trapezium.
  8. 8. An article as claimed in any of claims 5 to 7, wherein the lid is in one piece with one of the triangular walls and is secured by a tongue interlocked with a slit in the other triangular wall.
  9. 9. A blank for a sandwich carton comprising : first and second trapezium-shaped panels (7,9), the parallel sides of each panel being parallel to those of the other, first and second triangular panels (3,5), a further panel (11), wherein: the trapezium-shaped panels adjoin each other along a first fold line (a), those edges of the first trapezium-shaped panel which intersect the first fold line being defined by second and third fold lines (b) and (c); first edges of each of the first and second triangular panels are defined by the second and third fold lines (b) and (c), respectively, the further panel (11) adjoins one of the triangular panels or one of the trapezium-shaped panels and being divided therefrom by a fold line, the second trapezium-shaped panel (9) is in the form of a flap extending from that part of the blank incorporating the first trapezium-shaped panel and the triangular panels, and further including, flaps (27,29) for affixing second edges of the triangular panels (3,5) to edges of the first trapezium-shaped panel (7) to form a receptacle of a triangularprofile.
  10. 10. A blank for a sandwich carton comprising: first and second quadrilateral panels (7,9), first and second triangular panels (3,5), a further panel (11), wherein: the quadrilateral panels adjoin each other along a first fold line (a), those edges of the first quadrilateral panel which intersect the first fold line being defined by second and third fold lines (b) and (c); first edges of each of the first and second triangular panels are defined by the second and third fold lines (b) and (c), respectively, the second quadrilateral panel (9) is in the form of a flap extending from that part of the blank incorporating the first quadrilateral panel and the triangular panels, the further panel (11) adjoins one of the triangular panels or one of the quadrilateral panels and is divided therefrom by a fold line, the further panel having therein a viewing window and being provided on at least one of its edges with a flap provided with a tongue, and further including, flaps (27,29) serving to affix the second edges of the triangular panels (3,5) to edges of one of the quadrilateral panels to form a receptacle of a triangular cross-section, the tongue serving to secure the rectangular panel to a slit in another panel.
  11. 11. A blank for a sandwich carton comprising: first and second quadrilateral panels (7,9), first and second triangular panels (3,5), a further panel (11), wherein: the quadrilateral panels adjoin each other along a first fold line (a), those edges of the first quadrilateral panel which intersect the first fold line being defined by second and third fold lines (b) and (c); first edges of each of the first and second triangular panels are defined by the second and third fold lines (b) and (c), respectively, the triangular panels have second edges which form extensions of the first fold line (a), the second quadrilateral panel (9) is in the form of a flap extending from that part of the blank incorporating the first quadrilateral panel and the triangular panels, a third edge of the second triangular panel (5) is defined by a fourth fold line (d) between that triangular panel and the further panel (11), flaps (27,29) are provided on the second edges of the triangular panels or on edges of the second quadrilateral panel (9), or one flap is provided on a triangular panel and one flap is provided on a quadrilateral panel, whereby the flaps may serve to affix the second edges of the triangular panels (3,5) to edges of the first quadrilateral panel (7), and form a receptacle of a triangular cross-section.
  12. 12. A blank as claimed in claim 11, wherein the quadrilateral panels are each in the shape of a trapezium.
  13. 13. A blank as claimed in claim 12, wherein the included angle between the first fold line (a) and each of the second and third fold lines (b, c) is between 90 and 94 .
  14. 14. A blank as claimed in claim 13, wherein the angles of the vertices of each triangular panel are substantially 92 , 44 and 44 .
  15. 15. A blank as claimed in any of claims 11 to 14, wherein the further panel has therein a viewing opening.
  16. 16. A blank as claimed in any of claims 9 to 15, wherein each of the panels is in one piece and untraversed by an internal fold line.
  17. 17. A sandwich carton having a trough of triangular profile defined by a pair of triangular side walls, a first quadrilateral bottom wall which extends between first edges of the triangular walls and a second quadrilateral bottom wall which extends between second edges of the triangular walls; the carton further including a lid adjoining one of the walls and covering the free edges of the remaining walls, the lid having a flap provided with a tongue adapted to be received in a cut-out in the other triangular wall.
  18. 18. A carton as claimed in claim 17, wherein the quadrilateral walls are shaped as trapeziums and the angles at the apex of each triangular wall is greater than 90 .
  19. 19. A carton as claimed in claim 17 or claim 18, wherein flaps attaching the quadrilateral walls to the triangular walls are glued in place.
  20. 20. A carton as claimed in any of claims 17 to 18 wherein flaps attaching the quadrilateral walls to the triangular walls have tongues received in slots.
  21. 21. A sandwich carton comprising a pair of oppositely disposed triangular side walls, a quadrilateral bottom wall extending between first edges of the triangular walls, a second bottom quadrilateral wall extending between second edges of the triangular walls, and a lid adjoining an edge of one of the walls and covering the free edges of the remaining walls, the cover having therein a viewing window.
  22. 22. A carton as claimed in claim 21, wherein the quadrilateral walls are trapezium shaped.
  23. 23. A carton as claimed in any of claims 17 to 22, wherein each of the said walls and the lid is formed in one piece and is untraversed by an internal fold line.
  24. 24. A sandwich carton having a trough defined by triangular side walls and quadrilateral bottom walls, a lid adjoining an edge of one of the said walls, said walls and the lid each being formed in one piece and being untraversed by an internal fold line.
  25. 25. A sandwich carton having a trough defined by triangular side walls and quadrilateral bottom walls, a lid adjoining an edge of one of the said walls, the lid having at least one flap provided with a tongue for reception in a slot in one of the triangular walls.
  26. 26. A plurality cartons as claimed in any of claims 17 to 25, arranged in a stack, with the cartons nested and the lids arranged one behind the other in parallel planes.
  27. 27. A blank for a sandwich carton having a pair of trapezium-shaped panels arranged with the parallel sides of one panel parallel to those of the other, a pair of triangular panels, and a substantially rectangular panel adjoining one of the other panels, fold lines separating each panel from that or those adjoining it.
  28. 28. A carton as claimed in any of claims 17 to 25 containing a flow wrapped transparent foil package of sandwiches, the package being rectangular in shape and receiving triangular sandwiches and folded substantially in half.
  29. 29. A carton or blank therefore substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the drawings.
  30. 30. A carton as claimed in any of claims 18 to 25 when used in a method as claimed in any of claims 1 to 4.
  31. 31. A stack of cartons as claimed in claim 26 when used in the method claimed in claim 2.
  32. 32. A carton as claimed in any of claims 18 to 25, when constituting the carton of the article claimed in any of claims 5 to 8.
  33. 33. A blank as claimed in any of claims 8 to 16 when used to form the carton claimed in any of claims 30 to 31.
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