US20070164092A1 - Box for bag-in-box package with spout location assist port - Google Patents

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US20070164092A1
US20070164092A1 US11/620,571 US62057107A US2007164092A1 US 20070164092 A1 US20070164092 A1 US 20070164092A1 US 62057107 A US62057107 A US 62057107A US 2007164092 A1 US2007164092 A1 US 2007164092A1
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A box for receiving a bag having a spout may comprise a first member comprising a spout access tab and a second member comprising a spout location assist tab spaced apart from the spout access tab. Alternatively, a box may comprise a tray comprising a first removable portion, a lid adaptable to be fastened to the tray, the lid comprising a second removable portion, at least one of the tray and the lid comprising a third removable portion, wherein the first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port. Other alternative embodiments and methods are also disclosed.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/756,455, filed on Jan. 5, 2006.
  • FIELD
  • This application relates generally to a box, and more particularly to a box adaptable for housing a flexible, collapsible bag in which liquids and other flowable substances may be contained.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Paperboard boxes have long been used by manufacturers in the packaging and shipping of various products. One example is the use of paperboard boxes in the packaging and delivery of fluids, semi-solids, and other flowable substances contained in a flexible, collapsible bag. The combination of such a flexible, collapsible bag inside a paperboard box is commonly known as a “bag-in-box” package. The bag, which typically has a closeable spout for dispensing the flowable contents either directly or through other dispensing equipment, provides a fluid-tight container for the contents, and the paperboard box provides structural rigidity and guards against puncture of the bag during shipping and handling. The box typically has a spout opening, which may be formed by removing a perforated portion of the box, for example, and the spout may be positioned through the spout opening in order to dispense the contents from the bag. At the time of packaging, the bag is usually placed inside the box such that the spout is located close to the spout opening of the box. However, during loading, shipping, and handling, the spout frequently becomes distanced from the spout opening in the box, which makes it difficult for the user to locate the spout and insert the spout into the spout opening. Thus, it would be a significant advancement in the art to provide a bag-in-box package for which the spout is readily accessible by a user despite migration of the spout inside the box during loading, shipping, and handling.
  • SUMMARY
  • A box for receiving a bag having a spout may comprise a first member comprising a spout access tab and a second member comprising a spout location assist tab spaced apart from the spout access tab. Alternatively, a box may comprise a tray comprising a first removable portion, a lid adaptable to be fastened to the tray, the lid comprising a second removable portion, at least one of the tray and the lid comprising a third removable portion, wherein the first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port. Another alternative box may comprise first, second, and third removable portions that may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port, wherein the first and second removable portions share a first edge, and the second and third removable portions share a second edge. Another alternative box may comprise a first member having a first removable portion, a second member having a second removable portion, the first and second removable portions being at least partially overlapping, at least one of the first and second removable portions being bounded by an edge of the box, the first and second removable portions being removable to form an opening through which a spout of a bag may be manually accessed.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a box having a lid and a tray.
  • FIG. 1A is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a box.
  • FIG. 1B is an exploded perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a box having a lid and a tray.
  • FIG. 2A is a plan view of a paperboard blank adaptable for forming the lid of the box of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 2B is a plan view of a paperboard blank adaptable for forming the tray of the box of FIG. 1.
  • FIG. 3 is a plan view of a flexible, collapsible bag adaptable for use in the box of FIG. 1 to form a bag-in-box package.
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a box adaptable for use as a bag-in-box package.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of another alternative embodiment of a box adaptable for use as a bag-in-box package.
  • FIG. 6 is a perspective view of yet another alternative embodiment of a box adaptable for use as a bag-in-box package.
  • FIG. 7 is a partial perspective view of still another alternative embodiment of a box adaptable for use as a bag-in-box package.
  • FIG. 8 is a partial perspective view of yet another alternative embodiment of a box adaptable for use as a bag-in-box package.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • Various boxes for bag-in-box packages are described herein. Each of the described boxes is useful for containing a flexible bag that has a spout through which a flowable substance (such as a liquid beverage, for example) may be injected into and dispensed from the bag. Each of the described boxes has one or more removable portions defined by one or more areas of weakening, such as perforations, for example. The removable portions may be removed in order to form one or more openings in the box. The one or more openings allow a user manually to locate the spout inside the box and position the spout in one of the openings so that the flowable substance may be dispensed from the bag, either directly or by connection to other dispensing equipment. Thus, the user may easily access the spout of the bag inside the box even if the spout has migrated in the box during loading, shipping, and handling.
  • As used herein, the following terms should be understood to have the indicated meanings:
  • When an item is introduced by “a” or “an,” it should be understood to mean one or more of that item.
  • “Bag” means a flexible, collapsible container suitable for containing a flowable substance. A bag may be made of any suitable material, whether natural or synthetic, including but not limited to plastic, rubber, or a combination thereof.
  • “Blank” means a sheet of material adaptable for forming a box or a portion of a box.
  • “Boundary” means a locus of points that determines a limit of an item.
  • “Box” means a relatively stiff container having one or more members that is adaptable for receiving a bag. The members of a box may comprise one or more panels, flaps, or other portions. A box may have any desirable shape, including but not limited to square, rectangular, triangular, polygonal, circular, cylindrical, oval, elliptical, spherical, irregular, and combinations thereof. A box may be made of any suitable material, including but not limited to paperboard, cardboard, fibreboard, containerboard, boxboard, plastic, fiberglass, foam core material, honeycomb core material, fiber reinforced composites, or other materials, including combinations thereof.
  • “Comprises” means includes but is not limited to.
  • “Comprising” means including but not limited to.
  • “Connected” means linked together, either directly or indirectly through one or more intermediate items. Two or more items may be connected in any suitable manner, including but not limited to integral formation and attachment.
  • “Edge” means a region of material shared by two or more members of a box that are not coplanar. An edge may or may not be the result of a fold. For example, and not by way of limitation, an edge may be formed by a hinge or a molding process.
  • “Fastened” means attached in any manner, including but not limited to attachment by one or more stitches, staples, brads, rivets, nails, screws, glue, adhesive, welding, melting, fusing, tape, or a combination thereof
  • “Flap” means a portion of a box that may be folded and fastened to another portion of the box. A flap may be fastened to a panel, another flap, or some other portion of a box.
  • “Flowable substance” means any substance that may be caused to flow, including but not limited to a liquid, gas, semi-solid, slurry, paste, powder, or combination thereof. Examples of flowable substances include but are not limited to water, flavored water, carbonated water, soft drinks, syrups, honey, juices, milk, coffee, tea, beer, wine, liquor, cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, relishes, powdered drink mixes, powdered foods, powdered detergents, liquid chocolate, cereal, grains, spices, pills, tablets, gel tabs, pellets, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, custard, pudding, and ice cream.
  • “Having” means including but not limited to,
  • “Hinged” means connected in a manner to permit rotation.
  • “Lid” means a portion of a box adaptable for mating with a tray so as to close the open side of the tray.
  • “Member” means a portion of a box. A member may include but is not limited to a flap or a panel.
  • “Panel” means a side of a box, regardless of its orientation or position with respect to other portions of the box. A panel may form a top, bottom, front, back, lateral, or other side of a box.
  • “Perforation” means an area of weakening in a material to facilitate tearing, punching through, or otherwise removing a portion of the material. A perforation may include but is not limited to one or more cuts, holes, slits, scores, indentations, thinned areas, creases, or combinations thereof A perforation may or may not traverse completely through the material, and the removed portion of material facilitated by a perforation may or may not become separated from the remainder of the material. A perforation may be made by cutting, scoring, piercing, punching, crimping, creasing, grinding, filing, melting, burning, chemical etching, or any other suitable method.
  • “Removable” means, with respect to an item, that the item is adaptable for undergoing a change in location, position, or orientation, which may or may not involve separation from another item or material.
  • “Slit-score” means a cut extending through only a portion of the thickness of a member.
  • “Spout” means a conduit through which a flowable substance may flow.
  • “Spout access port” means an opening in a box through which a spout may be accessed.
  • “Spout access tab” means a removable portion of a box that facilitates formation of a spout access port.
  • “Spout location assist port” means an opening in a box that facilitates manual location and positioning of a spout.
  • “Spout location assist tab” means a removable portion of a box that facilitates formation of a spout location assist port.
  • “Tray” means a component of a box having an open side.
  • Referring to FIGS. 1, 2A, and 23, a box 10 may be formed from the mating of a lid 30 and a tray 32, each of which may be formed from a single blank that is suitably cut, scored, and folded according to methods known in the art. Alternatively, box 10 may be made from a single blank or more than two blanks that are appropriately fastened together. Box 10 may be made of any suitable material, including but not limited to paperboard, cardboard, fibreboard, containerboard, boxboard, plastic, fiberglass, foam core material, honeycomb core material, fiber reinforced composites, or other suitable materials, including combinations thereof. In the illustrated embodiment, the blanks for lid 30 and tray 32 have cut lines 38 (represented by solid lines), which indicate how the blanks may be cut from a sheet of material, and score lines 40 (represented by dashed lines, other than dashed lines 54 a, 54 b, 60 a, 60 b, and 68), which indicate where the blanks may be folded in order to form lid 30 and tray 32+On lid 30, the cut lines 38 and score lines 40 form a single panel 42 and a plurality of flaps 46 a-f, 52 a, and 58 a. Similarly, on tray 32, the cut lines 38 and score lines 40 form a single panel 44 and a plurality of flaps 46 g-n, 52 b, and 58 b. Persons of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the various flaps may be folded and fastened together to form lid 30 and tray 32, which themselves may be fastened together to form box 10. For the sake of simplicity, notches 55 of lid 30 (see FIG. 2A) are not shown in FIG. 1. Persons of ordinary skill in the art will also recognize that many other suitable blank shapes, cut line patterns, score line patterns, and combinations of panels and flaps may be used to form box 10. For example, as shown in FIG. 1A, a box 160 similar to box 10 may be made from a single blank rather than a lid and a tray. As another example, as shown in FIG. 1B, a box 200 may be formed by a lid 210 and a tray 212 in which removable portions 218 and 222 defined by perforations 220 and 224, respectively, are entirely within the boundaries of members 214 and 216, respectively, and are generally aligned with and overlap each other substantially completely after lid 210 and tray 212 are mated to each other. Removable portions 218 and 222 may be removed to form a spout access port. A bag-in-box package may be formed by inserting a flexible bag 80 (see FIG. 3) into box 10, box 160, or box 200. Flexible bag 80, which may contain a flowable substance, has a spout 82 that may be positioned with respect to a spout access port as described further below.
  • Again referring to FIGS. 1, 2A, and 2B, a spout access tab 50 may be formed by removable portions 50 a and 50 b on front flaps 52 a and 52 b of lid 30 and tray 32, respectively, such that when lid 30 and tray 32 are mated to form box 10, portion 50 a of lid 30 is generally aligned with and partially overlaps portion 50 b of tray 32. Portions 50 a and 50 b may be defined by perforations 54 a and 54 b, respectively, which together constitute a perforation 54 that defines spout access tab 50. In the illustrated embodiment, flaps 52 a and 52 b, which may be fastened to each other when lid 30 is mated to tray 32, together form a composite member in which spout access tab 50 is formed. Alternatively, spout access tab 50 may be formed in a single member of box 10, such as a single flap or a single panel. Perforation 54 facilitates removal of spout access tab 50 to form a spout access port 84, which may be generally V-shaped as shown such that spout 82 of bag 80 may rest in the narrower part of the V-shape when box 10 is turned upside down from the position shown in FIG. 1 for use. Persons having ordinary skill in the art will understand that spout access tab 50 and spout access port 84 may have any desirable size, shape, and orientation. For example, spout access tab 50 and spout access port 84 may have an oval, elliptical, pear-shaped, circular, triangular, square, rectangular, polygonal, or irregular shape, and may be located at any desired position and orientation with respect to edge 64 and need not be centered along edge 64, which is shared by flap 52 a and panel 42. Spout access tab 50 may be hinged along some portion of its boundary such that spout access tab 50 remains attached to box 10 even after spout access port 84 is formed. To help a user manually locate spout 82 of bag 80 within box 10, a spout location assist tab 70 may be formed by a perforation 68 in panel 42 of lid 30. Perforation 68 facilitates removal of spout location assist tab 70 to form a spout location assist port 86. A user may insert one or more fingers through spout location assist port 86 in order to manually locate the spout inside box 10 and position the spout in spout access port 84, even if the spout has migrated away from spout access tab 50 during loading, shipping, and handling. Although spout location assist tab 70 and spout location assist port 86 are shown as generally circular and centered along edge 64 in FIGS. 1 and 2A, spout location assist tab 70 and spout location assist port 86 may have any desirable shape, such as oval, elliptical, pear-shaped, triangular, square, rectangular, polygonal, or irregular shape, and may be located at any desired position and orientation with respect to edge 64 and need not be centered along edge 64. Spout location assist tab 70 may be hinged along some portion of its boundary such that spout location assist tab 70 remains attached to box 10 even after spout location assist port 86 is formed. Although spout access tab 50 and spout location assist tab 70 are shown as being generally aligned with each other along edge 64, they need not be aligned with each other and may instead be offset from each other. Also, although spout access tab 50 and spout location assist tab 70 are shown as being spaced apart from edge 64, they may be adjacent edge 64 if desired. Although spout access tab 50 is shown to be formed in flaps 52 a and 52 b and spout location assist tab 70 is shown to be formed in panel 42, each of the spout access tab 50 and the spout location assist tab 70 may be formed in any suitable member of box 10, whether a flap, panel, or other member. Although spout access tab 50 and spout location assist tab 70 are shown as having different shapes, they may have the same shape. Of course, box 10 may also have other features, such as handle openings 56 a and 56 b positioned on back flaps 58 a and 58 b of lid 30 and tray 32, respectively, such that when the lid 30 and tray 32 are mated to form box 10, handle opening 56 a of the lid 30 is generally aligned with handle opening 56 b of the tray 32. Handle openings 56 a and 56 b may be defined by perforations 60 a and 60 b, respectively.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, an alternative box 20 is shown, which is similar to box 10 described above, except that the spout location assist tab 70 and spout location assist port 86 are rectangular in shape rather than circular. In this embodiment, spout location assist tab 70 may be hinged along any of its sides 66, 72, 88, 90, if desired. The distance D from the spout location assist tab 70 to edge 64 may be any desirable distance, such as about 0.5 to 1.0 inch. Of course, the distance D may be any value from zero to 0.5 inch or greater than 1.0 inch. The length L and width W of spout location assist port 86 may be large enough for a user to insert several fingers through it in order to locate the spout 82 and position spout 82 in spout access port 84.
  • Referring to FIG. 5, another alternative box 100 is shown, which also may receive a bag 80 having a spout 82 as shown in FIG. 3. Box 100 is similar to box 10 above in that box 100 may be formed by a lid 30 and tray 32, but box 100 has a combined spout access port and spout location assist port 110 that spans edge 64. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 1 o may be formed by removing removable portions 112, 114, and 116, which may be formed by perforations 102, 104, and 106 in flap 52 b, flap 52 a, and panel 42, respectively. Any of the removable portions 112, 114, and 116 may have a hinged portion. As with box 10 described above, flaps 52 a and 52 b may be fastened to each other. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 110 may have any desirable shape and may be positioned at any desirable location along edge 64. A user may insert one or more fingers through the combined spout access port and spout location assist port 110 in order to manually locate the spout 82 and position spout 82 in the combined spout access port and spout location assist port 110. For example, in the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 5, a user may insert one or more fingers into the portion of port 110 vacated by removable portion 116 to manually locate the spout 82 and then position spout 82 in a portion of port 110 vacated by removable portion 112 or 114. Alternatively, instead of removable portion 116 being on panel 42 of lid 30, removable portion 116 may be provided on panel 44 of tray 32, in which case perforations 102 and 106 would span edge 115, which is shared by flap 52 b and panel 44. As still another alternative, a removable portion may be provided in both panel 42 of lid 30 and panel 44 of tray 32, such that the combined spout access port and spout location assist port 110 spans both edge 64 and edge 115, similar to the one-piece embodiment shown in FIG. 6.
  • Referring to FIG. 6, yet another alternative box 120 is shown having a combined spout access port and spout location assist port 150 that spans edge 152 and edge 154. Box 120 is shown as a one-piece box that may be made from a single blank as will be recognized by persons of ordinary skill in the art. Once again, box 120 may receive a bag 80 having a spout 82 as shown in FIG. 3. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 150 may be formed by removing removable portions 142, 144, and 146, which may be formed by perforations 132, 134, and 136 in flaps or panels 122, 124, and 126, respectively. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 6, member 122 is the top of box 120 in which removable portion 142 is formed, member 124 is a side of box 120 in which removable portion 144 is formed, and member 126 is the bottom of box 120 in which removable portion 146 is formed. Any of the removable portions 142, 144, and 146 may have a hinged portion. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 150 may have any desirable shape and may be positioned at any desirable location along edges 152 and 154. A user may insert one or more fingers through the combined spout access port and spout location assist port 150 in order to manually locate the spout 82 and position spout 82 in the combined spout access port and spout location assist port 150. For example, in the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 6, a user may insert one or more fingers into the portion of port 150 vacated by removable portion 142 to manually locate the spout 82 and then position spout 82 in a portion of port 150 vacated by removable portion 144 or 146. In this embodiment, spout 82 may be oriented downward in the opening formed by the removal of portion 146 to help facilitate improved flow of contents out of bag 80. Of course, spout 82 may be positioned in a portion of port 150 vacated by any of the removable portions 142 or 144 or 146 or a combination thereof, and the box may be oriented such that any of the members 122, 124, or 126 is facing downward. Thus, the presence of three removable portions 142, 144, and 146 that collectively span edges 152 and 154 provides increased flexibility to the user with respect to how box 120 and spout 82 may be oriented for use. Although all three removable portions 142, 144, and 146 may be removed, it should be noted that a user need not remove all three removable portions 142, 144, and 146 in order to place the spout 82 in a desired position. For example, a user may choose to remove only removable portions 142 and 144, or only removable portions 144 and 146, or only removable portions 142 and 146. In some instances, a user may choose to remove only one of removable portions 142, 144, and 146.
  • Referring to FIG. 7, still another alternative box 230 is shown having a combined spout access port and spout location assist port 256. Box 230 has a panel 232 with a flap 236 that may be folded along edge 258 and attached to another member 234. Edge 258 may have one or more perforations or slit-scores along one or more of portions 238, 240, and 242 to facilitate folding of flap 236 and to reduce springback of flap 236 when it is attached to member 234. Slit-scores along edge 258 may be provided on the inner surface, the outer surface, or both. Portion 242 of edge 258 forms a boundary of removable portion 250. If portion 242 of edge 258 has one or more perforations or slit-scores, such perforations or slit-scores serve the additional purpose of facilitating the tearing off of removable portion 250 if desired, for example, if box 230 is to be placed on a shelf having a lip that would otherwise interfere with removable portion 250 when box 230 is upside down from the position shown in FIG. 7. Alternatively, portion 242 may be hinged, as shown on box 260 in FIG. 8, rather than perforated, if it is desired to leave removable portion 250 connected to panel 232. Flap 236 has a removable portion 250 formed by a perforation 244, and member 234 has a removable portion 252 formed by perforation 246. Removable portion 250 may be positioned so as to partially overlap and be substantially aligned with removable portion 252. Member 234 may or may not extend all the way to edge 258. Member 234 may also have another removable portion 254 formed by a perforation 248. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 256 may be formed by removal of removable portions 250, 252, and 254. Removable portion 254 may be perforated to a greater extent than removable portion 252 such that a user may readily punch through and remove removable portion 254 in order to facilitate manual grasping and removal of removable portions 252 and 250. The combined spout access port and spout location assist port 256 may be sized such that a user may insert two or more fingers through port 256 in order to manually locate the spout of a bag (not shown) inside box 230 and position the spout so that the spout may be accessed through port 256. Box 230 may be positioned upside down from the position shown in FIG. 7 for use so that the spout may be located as low as possible in order to facilitate better draining of the contents from the bag. Box 230 (FIG. 7) and box 260 (FIG. 8) may be made from a single blank or multiple blanks.
  • In any of the foregoing embodiments, a bag-in-box package may be formed by placing a bag having a spout into a box as described herein before the box is closed. The bag may be filled or partially filled with a flowable substance through the spout and then the spout may be closed. After the bag is filled, the box may be closed with the filled bag inside. The bag-in-box package thus formed may then be shipped to a user. The user may easily access the spout by removing one or more removable portions as described herein to form a spout location assist port and a spout access port, which may be separate or combined, manually locating the spout through the spout location assist port, and manually placing the spout in the spout access port. The user may thus readily access the spout even if the spout has migrated in the box during loading, shipping, and handling. The flowable substance in the bag may then be dispensed from the spout, either directly or through other dispensing equipment.
  • Although the foregoing specific details describe certain embodiments of this invention, persons reasonably skilled in the art will recognize that various changes may be made in the details of this invention without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims and considering the doctrine of equivalents. Therefore, it should be understood that this invention is not to be limited to the specific details shown and described herein.

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1. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first member comprising a spout access tab; and
a second member comprising a spout location assist tab;
said spout location assist tab being spaced apart from said spout access tab.
2. The box of claim 1 wherein at least one of said first member and said second member comprises a flap.
3. The box of claim 2 wherein said flap comprises a first flap and a second flap, wherein said first flap and said second flap at least partially overlap each other.
4. The box of claim 1 wherein at least one of said first member and said second member comprises a panel.
5. The box of claim 1 wherein said first member comprises a first flap and a second flap at least partially overlapping said first flap; and
said second member comprises a panel.
6. The box of claim 5 wherein said box comprises a lid and a tray;
said lid comprises said first flap and said panel; and
said tray comprises said second flap.
7. The box of claim 1 wherein at least one of said spout access tab and said spout location assist tab comprises a shape selected from the group consisting of oval, elliptical, pear-shaped, circular, triangular, square, rectangular, polygonal, and irregular.
8. The box of claim 1 wherein at least one of said spout access tab and said spout location assist tab comprises at least one perforation.
9. The box of claim 1 wherein at least one of said spout access tab and said spout location assist tab comprises at least one hinged portion.
10. The box of claim 1 wherein a single blank comprises said first member and said second member.
11. The box of claim 1 wherein said box comprises a lid and a tray.
12. The box of claim 11 wherein said lid is fastened to said tray.
13. The box of claim 1 wherein said first member and said second member share an edge.
14. The box of claim 1 further comprising a bag disposed in said box, said bag having a spout, said spout being adaptable for manual location through a spout location assist port formable by removal of said spout location assist tab, said spout being adaptable for placement in a spout access port formable by removal of said spout access tab.
15. The box of claim 14 further comprising a flowable substance disposed in said bag.
16. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a tray comprising a first removable portion;
a lid adaptable to be fastened to said tray;
said lid comprising a second removable portion;
at least one of said tray and said lid comprising a third removable portion;
wherein said first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port.
17. The box of claim 16 wherein at least two of said first, second, and third removable portions at least partially overlap one another.
18. The box of claim 16 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third removable portions is provided on a flap.
19. The box of claim 16 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third removable portions is provided on a panel.
20. The box of claim 16 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third removable portions comprises at least one perforation.
21. The box of claim 16 wherein at least one of said first second, and third removable portions comprises at least one hinged portion.
22. The box of claim 16 wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port comprises a shape selected from the group consisting of oval, elliptical, pear-shaped, circular, triangular, square, rectangular, polygonal, and irregular.
23. The box of claim 16 wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port spans at least one edge.
24. The box of claim 23 wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port spans at least one edge on each of said tray and said lid.
25. The box of claim 16 further comprising a bag disposed in said box;
said bag having a spout;
said combined spout access port and spout location assist port permitting manual location and placement of said spout.
26. The box of claim 25 further comprising a flowable substance disposed in said bag.
27. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first member comprising a first removable portion;
a second member comprising a second removable portion;
a third member comprising a third removable portion;
wherein said first and second removable portions share a first edge;
wherein said second and third removable portions share a second edge;
wherein said first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port.
28. The box of claim 27 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third members comprises a flap.
29. The box of claim 27 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third members comprises a panel.
30. The box of claim 27 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third removable portions comprises at least one perforation.
31. The box of claim 27 wherein at least one of said first, second, and third removable portions comprises at least one hinged portion.
32. The box of claim 27 wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port comprises a shape selected from the group consisting of oval, elliptical, pear-shaped, circular, triangular, square, rectangular, polygonal, and irregular.
33. The box of claim 27 further comprising a bag disposed in said box;
said bag having a spout;
wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port facilitates manual location of said spout within said box and placement of said spout in said combined spout access port and spout location assist port.
34. The box of claim 33 further comprising a flowable substance disposed in said bag.
35. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first member comprising a spout access tab; and
a second member connected to said first member, said second member comprising a spout location assist tab;
said spout location assist tab being spaced apart from said spout access tab.
36. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first member comprising a first perforation adaptable for forming a first opening; and
a second member connected to said first member, said second member comprising a second perforation adaptable for forming a second opening;
said second opening being spaced apart from said first opening.
37. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a tray comprising a first flap having a first perforation defining a first removable portion;
a lid comprising a second flap having a second perforation defining a second removable portion, and a panel having a third perforation defining a third removable portion spaced apart from said second removable portion;
said panel and said second flap being connected by an edge;
said lid being adaptable for mating with said tray such that said second removable portion partially overlaps said first removable portion;
wherein said third removable portion may be removed to form a first opening adaptable for manually locating the spout; and
wherein said first and second removable portions may be removed to form a second opening adaptable for receiving the spout.
38. A pair of blanks for forming a lid and a tray for a box, comprising:
a first blank comprising a first panel and a first plurality of flaps connected to said first panel;
said first plurality of flaps being foldable and fastenable to form a tray;
one of said first plurality of flaps having a first removable portion;
a second blank comprising a second panel and a second plurality of flaps connected to said second panel;
said second plurality of flaps being foldable and fastenable to form a lid;
one of said second plurality of flaps having a second removable portion;
said second panel having a third removable portion;
said lid being adaptable for mating with said tray such that said second removable portion at least partially overlaps said first removable portion.
39. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout said box comprising:
a first means for forming a spout location assist port in a first member;
a second means for forming a spout access port in a second member;
said second member being connected to said first member;
said spout access port being spaced apart from said spout location assist port.
40. The box of claim 39 further comprising a third means for containing a flowable substance disposed in said box.
41. The box of claim 40 wherein said third means comprises a fourth means for dispensing said flowable substance.
42. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first means for forming a tray;
a second means for forming a lid;
said lid being adaptable for mating with said tray; and
a third means for forming a combined spout access port and spout location assist port in said tray and said lid.
43. A box adaptable for receiving a bag having a spout, said box comprising:
a first member, a second member, and a third member;
a first means for connecting said first and second members;
a second means for connecting said second and third members; and
a third means for forming a combined spout access port and spout location assist port in said first, second, and third members.
44. A method of making a bag-in-box package comprising:
placing a bag inside a box;
said bag having a spout;
said box having a first removable portion adaptable for forming a spout location assist port and a second removable portion adaptable for forming a spout access port spaced apart from said spout location assist port; and
at least partially filling said bag with a flowable substance.
45. The method of claim 44 wherein said box comprises a single blank.
46. The method of claim 44 wherein said box comprises more than one blank.
47. The method of claim 46 wherein said box comprises a lid and a tray.
48. The method of claim 44 wherein an edge is disposed between said first and second removable portions.
49. The method of claim 44 further comprising closing said spout.
50. The method of claim 44 further comprising closing said box.
51. A method of making a bag-in-box package comprising:
providing a box comprising a lid and a tray,
said tray comprising a first removable portion;
said lid comprising a second removable portion;
at least one of said tray and said lid comprising a third removable portion;
wherein said first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port;
placing a bag inside said box, said bag having a spout; and
at least partially filling said bag with a flowable substance.
52. The method of claim 51 wherein said combined spout access port and spout location assist port spans at least one edge.
53. The method of claim 51 further comprising closing said spout.
54. The method of claim 51 further comprising closing said box.
55. A method of making a bag-in-box package comprising:
providing a box comprising
a first member comprising a first removable portion;
a second member comprising a second removable portion;
a third member comprising a third removable portion;
wherein said first and second removable portions share a first edge;
wherein said first, second, and third removable portions may be removed to form a combined spout access port and spout location assist port;
placing a bag inside said box, said bag having a spout; and
at least partially filling said bag with a flowable substance.
56. The method of claim 55 further comprising closing said spout.
57. The method of claim 55 further comprising closing said box.
58. A box comprising:
a first member having a first removable portion;
a second member having a second removable portion;
said first and second removable portions being at least partially overlapping;
an edge that at least partially defines a boundary for at least one of said first and second removable portions;
said first and second removable portions being removable to form an opening through which a spout of a bag may be manually accessed.
59. The box of claim 58 wherein said edge comprises at least one perforation.
60. The box of claim 58 wherein said edge comprises at least one slit-score.
61. The box of claim 58 wherein at least a portion of said boundary comprises at least one perforation.
62. The box of claim 58 wherein at least a portion of said boundary comprises at least one slit-score.
63. The box of claim 58 wherein at least a portion of said boundary comprises at least one hinged portion.
64. The box of claim 58 further comprising a third removable portion the removal of which facilitates manual grasping and removal of at least one of said first and second removable portions.
65. A box comprising:
a panel;
a first flap connected to said panel at an edge;
said first flap comprising a first removable portion having a boundary defined by said edge;
a second flap having a second removable portion and a third removable portion;
said first flap being attached to said second flap such that said first removable portion at least partially overlaps said second removable portion;
said third removable portion being removable to permit manual grasping and removal of at least one of said first and second removable portions;
said first, second, and third removable portions being removable to form an opening adaptable for receiving a spout of a bag.
66. The box of claim 65 wherein said boundary comprises at least one perforation.
67. The box of claim 65 wherein said boundary comprises at least one slit-score.
68. The box of claim 67 wherein said at least one slit-score traverses an interior surface of said box.
69. The box of claim 67 wherein said at least one slit-score traverses an exterior surface of said box.
70. The box of claim 65 wherein said boundary comprises at least one hinged portion.
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