Container for providing easy access to beverage cans

  • US 9,926,121 B2
  • Filed: 11/24/2004
  • Issued: 03/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A container comprising:

  • a plurality of walls including a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall and two side walls, the walls containing a multiplicity of stacked cylindrical cans in substantially perpendicular can columns and can rows, the can columns located between the front wall and the rear wall, there being at least a top can row and a next to the top can row, the top can row including a forward most can adjacent the front wall such that the forward most can is in contact with the front wall, and a rearward most can adjacent the rear wall such that the rearward most can is in contact with the rear wall, each can having a can top, a can bottom, a can height, a can diameter, and a longitudinal axis substantially parallel to the front wall, wherein the top wall and the bottom wall are spaced apart by a whole multiple of the can diameters, and the two side walls are spaced apart by the can height, the front wall and rear wall spaced apart by a whole multiple of the can diameters; and

    a removable access portion, the removable access portion comprised of a portion of each of the top wall, the front wall and the two side walls, such that removal of the removable access portion leaves a pair of side wall edges, which side wall edges expose a substantial part of the can top and the can bottom of the forward most can, for ease of removal of the forward most can, and removal of the removable access portion further provides access to the cans remaining after removal of the forward most can, the top wall portion of the removable access portion having a length of one can diameter;

    wherein the front wall retains cans in the next to the top can row from rolling out of the container when the bottom wall is resting flat on a support surface.

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