General Mills issued US patent for 'whole grain products made with whole grain durum wheat'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , February 19, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,652,557, issued on Feb. 18, was assigned to General Mills Inc. (Minneapolis).

"Whole grain products made with whole grain durum wheat" was invented by David J. Mingus (New Hope, Minn.), Steven J. Cox (Long Lake, Minn.), Robert T. Westercamp (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Dennis L. Schlueter (St. Paul, Minn.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "Whole grain baked products and mixes having milled whole grain durum wheat are provided. Whole grain durum baked products and mixes utilize milled whole grain durum flour having a generally white-like color wherein durum particulate matter is visually indistinguishable from durum fines by the unassisted eye. Through the use of milled whole grain durum flour, white-like whole grain durum products including white-like whole grain durum breads can be prepared that satisfy generally accepted color and baking performance characteristics for traditional white breads."

The patent was filed on Sept. 20, 2011, under Application No. 13/237,230.

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