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US20140144910A1
US20140144910A1 US13/684,248 US201213684248A US2014144910A1 US 20140144910 A1 US20140144910 A1 US 20140144910A1 US 201213684248 A US201213684248 A US 201213684248A US 2014144910 A1 US2014144910 A1 US 2014144910A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G19/00Table service
    • A47G19/22Drinking vessels or saucers used for table service
    • A47G19/2205Drinking glasses or vessels
    • A47G19/2255Details related to the connection between the liquid containing part and the supporting part
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G19/00Table service
    • A47G19/02Plates, dishes or the like
    • A47G19/06Plates with integral holders for spoons, glasses, or the like
    • A47G19/065Plates with integral holders for spoons, glasses, or the like with thumb holes, handles or the like enabling the user to support the plate from below
    • 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
    • B65D25/00Details of other kinds or types of rigid or semi-rigid containers
    • B65D25/02Internal fittings
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G19/00Table service
    • A47G19/22Drinking vessels or saucers used for table service
    • 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
    • B65D25/00Details of other kinds or types of rigid or semi-rigid containers
    • B65D25/02Internal fittings
    • B65D25/04Partitions
    • 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
    • B65D85/00Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials
    • B65D85/30Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for articles particularly sensitive to damage by shock or pressure
    • B65D85/36Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for articles particularly sensitive to damage by shock or pressure for bakery products, e.g. biscuits

Abstract

A food and drink container comprises a main container having a side opening formed in a side face thereof, and an upper opening formed at a top of the main container, a food cup, which is held in a upper part of the main container; and a drink cup, which is held in a lower part of the main container, wherein the main container receives the food cup from a top thereof through the upper opening, and receives the drink cup from a side thereof through the side opening.

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    TECHNICAL FIELD
  • The present invention generally relates to a container for holding a beverage and a food product such as soup, curry and snacks, and more specifically relates to a container for food and drink, which can be conveniently carried around.
  • BACKGROUND
  • At various amusement places such as a theater and a baseball stadium, snacks and a drink are sold in paper containers which are separated from each other. A user has no hand free to carry the containers when he or she bought a drink and food at the same time. This is particularly inconvenient when both hands are engaged in carrying and supporting the containers and the theater or stadium is crowded.
  • In order to solve such a problem, some solutions have been proposed. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 3,288,344 discloses a double container dispensing package, which comprises inner and outer cups, the inner cup shaped to hold an edible and to be received in the outer cup. The cups have interference fit limiting the downward reception with the cups then defining a liquid storage zone below the bottom of the inner cup.
  • Also, U.S. Pat. No. 5,180,079 discloses a combined cup comprising an upper cup body and a lower cup body joined together by a connecting body, wherein in a center of the connecting body, a nozzle, which sticks upward and which is received into a nozzle sleeve formed on the upper cup body keeps both cut bodies firmly connected. The lower cup body is used to contain soft drink while the upper cup body is used to contain solid snacks. By applying such combined cup, the user can enjoin the fun of eating and drinking with one hand holding the combined cup containing both snacks and drink and one hand free.
  • However, such a container is designed to hold a cold drink, so that no consideration is made about a hot drink such as hot coffee and hot tea. That is, in the prior art, it is designed so that a straw is used to drink a soft drink. Thus, the hot coffee or hot tea is not sold with such a container.
  • In general, when a person drinks a hot beverage, he sips it unconsciously from a surface thereof so that the beverage is mixed with air, whereby the beverage is cooled down. If a person drinks a hot beverage with a straw, there is high possibility that he or she suffers burns to his or her tongue since in case such a straw is used, air is hardly mixed with the hot beverage so that it can not be cooled down.
  • Because it is desirable that a beverage is stored in a lower cup in order to prevent it from spilling out, a hot beverage is stored in the lower cup. In such case, the upper cup and the lower cup are separated from each other, when the user may drink beverage from the lower cup. However, food contained in the upper cup tends to be dropped due to imbalance caused by the vertical motion. Thus, in the prior art ease of handling the cups is not considered.
  • SUMMARY
  • The present invention is made in view of the above problems, and it is an object of the present invention to offer a food and drink container which can be carried around in one hand without inconvenience and can be easily handled. It is another object of the present invention to offer a food and drink container capable of holding a hot drink.
  • Another object of the present invention is to offer a food and drink container capable of easily handling the container when enjoining drinking and eating.
  • The present food and drink container comprises a main container having a side opening formed in a side face thereof, and an upper opening formed at a top of the main container, a food cup, which is held in a upper part of the main container; and a drink cup, which is held in a lower part of the main container, wherein the main container receives the food cup from a top thereof through the upper opening, and receives the drink cup from a side thereof through the side opening.
  • In the food and drink container, the main container may have an engagement wall, which prevents the drink cup from dropping off.
  • In the food and drink container, the food cup may be divided into a first section and a second section.
  • In the food and drink container, the first section and the second section may be connected to each other at a ridge portion.
  • A main container comprises a body having an upper opening and a side opening, wherein the top opening is formed so as to receive a food cup from a top thereof, and the side opening is formed so as to receive a drink cup from a side thereof.
  • A food cup having a shape so as to be inserted in a main container having an upper opening and a side opening, through the upper opening.
  • A drink cup having a shape so as to be inserted in a main container having an upper opening and a side opening, through the side opening.
  • The foregoing and other objects and features of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the accompanying drawings when considered in conjunction with the following description and appended claims. Although the drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are thus not to be deemed limiting of the invention's scope, the accompanying drawings help explain the present invention in added detail.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Other features and advantages of the present food and drink container will be apparent from the ensuing description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a food and drink container according to an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is an exploded view of a food and drink container;
  • FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of a main container;
  • FIG. 4 is an enlarged view of a food cup; and
  • FIG. 5 is an enlarged view of a drink cup.
  • DESCRIPTION
  • A description will now be given, referring to embodiments thereof. While the claims are not limited to such embodiments, an appreciation of various aspects of the invention is best gained through a discussion of various examples thereof.
  • Detailed description of the present invention will be given below.
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a food and drink container according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the food and drink container. As shown in FIG. 2, the food and drink container is made up of three parts, that is, a main container 1, a food cup 2, and a drink cup 3. The main container 1, the food cup 2 and the drink cup 3 are detachable from one another. When the drink cup 3 and the food cup 2 are attached to the main body 1, the food and drink container is configured so that a user may easily carry it in one hand, since they can be carried around as one unit and neither the food cup 2 nor the drink cup 3 easily drop off from the main container 1.
  • As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the main container 1 has a circular truncated cone shape in the exterior appearance, wherein an upper opening 4 and a side opening 5 are formed. The upper opening 4 is formed at a top of the main container 1, and the side opening 5 is formed on a side face thereof. The food cup 2 can be inserted in the upper opening 4 from a top of the main container 1, and the drink cup 3 can be inserted in the side opening 5 from a side thereof.
  • The upper opening 4 has such a size that the food cup 2 can be inserted therefrom. The main container 1 is has such a shape that the food cup 2 is held at an upper part of the main container 1. An inner wall of the main container 1 whose shape is a circular truncated cone, defines an inner space thereof, so that the food cup 2 may be held at the upper part of the main container 1. Or, a thick diameter portion 6 formed on the food cup 2 may be brought in contact with an upper edge of the main container 1, so that the thick diameter portion 6 may limit a downward movement of the food cup, whereby the food cup 3 is held by the main container 1.
  • The side opening 5 is formed to receive the drink cup 3. Specifically the side opening 5 is shaped so that the drink cup 3 can abut the inner wall of the main container 1 when it is inserted in the side opening 5. A lower edge of the side opening 5 is located at a position higher than the bottom of the main container 1, so that an engagement wall 7 is formed. The engagement wall 7 prevents the drink cup 3 from dropping off even when a user carries the food and drink container if the drink cup 3 is set in the bottom of the main container 1.
  • The shape of the main container 1 is not limited to such a circular truncated cone and it may be a cylinder, or polygonal column such as a triangle prism, quadrangular prism, etc. The main container 1 may be made from paper material, plastic etc. Because the main container 1 holds the food cup 2 and the drink cup 3 thereinside which contain hot food and hot drink, the main container 1 is preferably made from heat insulating material.
  • In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 4, the food cup 2 is divided into two parts, that is, a first section 8 and a second section 9, so that different types of foods may be held therein. The first section 8 and the second section 9 are attached at a ridge portion 10 so as to form a circular truncated cone as a whole, whereby the food cup 2 may be fit in the main container 1 whose shape is a circular truncated cone. For example, the first section 8 may be filled with a soup, and bread may be held in the second section 9. Or the first section 8 may be filled with curry source, and naan or rice may be held in the second section 9. Any type of food may be held in these sections 8 and 9. Since the food cup 2 may be filled with hot food, it is made from material having heat-resistance properties.
  • As shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, the drink cup 3 has handles 11. The handles 11 are made from flexible material such as paper. The handles 11 may be made from the same material as that of the main body of the drink cup 3. The drink cup 3 has such a shape that it fits in the lower part of the main container 1. In this embodiment, the main body of the drink cup 3 is in a circular truncated cone shape since the main container 1 is in a circular truncated cone shape.
  • The preceding description has been presented only to illustrate and describe exemplary embodiments of the present food and drink container. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to any precise form disclosed. It will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes may be made and equivalents may be substituted for elements thereof without departing from the scope of the invention. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation or material to the teachings of the invention without departing from the essential scope. Therefore, it is intended that the invention not be limited to the particular embodiment disclosed as the best mode contemplated for carrying out this invention, but that the invention will include all embodiments falling within the scope of the claims. The invention may be practiced otherwise than is specifically explained and illustrated without departing from its spirit or scope.

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1. A food and drink container comprising:
a main container in a substantially circular truncated cone shape, which has a side face and a bottom face, wherein a side opening is formed in the side face, an upper opening is formed at a top of the main container;
a food cup having a substantially circular truncated cone shape, which is detachably held in an upper part space of the main container; and
a drink cup, which has a handle and is detachably held in a lower part space of the main container;
wherein the main container and the food cup are configured so that the main container may receive the food cup from a top thereof through the upper opening,
wherein the main container and the drink cup are configured so that the main container may receive the drink cup from a side thereof through the side opening when the drink cup is inserted in the main container, and the drink cup may be taken out from the main container by pulling out the handle of the drink cup approximately in a lateral direction from the side opening of the main container,
wherein the side opening is formed so as to leave an engagement wall which extends toward the upper opening from the bottom face, whereby the engagement wall prevents the drink cup from dropping off when the drink cup is inserted in the main container.
2. (canceled)
3. The food and drink container according to claim 1, wherein the food cup is divided into a first section and a second section.
4. The food and drink container according claim 2, wherein the first section and the second section are connected to each other at a ridge portion.
5. A main container in a substantially circular truncated cone shape comprising a body having an upper opening and a side opening, wherein the top opening is formed so as to receive a food cup in a substantially circular truncated cone shape from a top thereof, and the side opening is formed so that a drink cup may be received from a side thereof through the side opening when the drink cup is attached to the main container, and so that the drink cup may be taken out from the main container by pulling out a handle of the drink cup approximately in a lateral direction from the side opening of the main container, wherein the side opening is formed so as to leave an engagement wall which extends toward the upper opening from a bottom face of the main container, whereby the engagement wall prevents the drink cup from dropping off when the drink cup is inserted in the main container.
6. (canceled)
7. (canceled)
8. The food and drink container according to claim 1, wherein the main container is configured hold the food cup so that the food cup sticks out of the top of the main container.
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