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1. (WO2017139446) CONTAINERS, CONTAINER INSERTS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS FOR MAKING CONTAINERS
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CLAIMS

WHAT IS CLAIMED:

1. A container, comprising:

a container body having a base and a sidewall extending therefrom, the container body having an inner surface defining an interior of the container body, the container body further having an opening leading to the interior;

optionally a lid that is movable with respect to the container body to move the container between a closed position in which the lid covers the opening and an open position in which the opening is exposed; and

an insert secured, optionally fixedly secured, within the interior of the container body, the insert comprising a base material and a desiccant, wherein the base material provides structure to the insert and is optionally a polymer, the insert having an opening leading to an interior compartment configured for housing products and an outer surface facing the inner surface of the container body,

wherein a void is provided between an exposed portion of the outer surface of the insert and a portion of the inner surface of the container body, and

wherein at least one fluid pathway is provided between the void and the interior compartment of the insert.

2. The container according to claim 1 wherein the insert further has a bottom end portion and a top-edge portion disposed opposite the bottom end portion; wherein the top-edge portion defines the opening leading to the interior compartment; and wherein the at least one fluid pathway is provided through: a) at least one thru hole in the insert, and/or b) at least one gap between the top-edge portion and the inner surface of the container body.

3. The container according to claim 2 wherein the at least one fluid pathway is provided through a plurality of thru holes in the insert.

4. The container according to claim 3 wherein the plurality of thru holes are provided in the bottom end portion.

5. The container according to any of claims 2-4 wherein a plurality of protrusions are provided on: a) the outer surface of the insert, and/or b) the inner surface of the container body; wherein the plurality of protrusions engage the inner surface of the container body.

6. The container according to claim 5 wherein the plurality of protrusions comprises ridges provided on the outer surface of the insert; and wherein the ridges extend longitudinally from proximate the top-edge portion to proximate the bottom end portion.

7. The container according to claim 6 wherein at least one of the ridges is tapered from the top-edge portion to the bottom end portion.

8. The container according to any of claims 6-7 wherein the ridges are evenly spaced from one another.

9. The container according to any of claims 5-8 wherein the plurality of protrusions comprises detents provided on the outer surface of the insert; and wherein the detents extend from the bottom end portion away from the top-edge portion.

10. The container according to any of claims 2-9 wherein the insert further has an annular- shaped lip extending radially outwardly from the top-edge portion to the inner surface of the container body.

11. The container according to any of claims 1-9 wherein the container body further has an annular- shaped retention ring extending radially inwardly from the inner surface of the container body in order to retain the insert within the container body.

12. The container according to any of claims 1-11 wherein the container comprises the lid, the lid being linked to the body by a hinge.

13. The container according to any of claims 1-12 wherein the container comprises the lid; wherein the lid comprises a lid sealing surface; wherein the container body further has a body sealing surface disposed about the opening leading to the interior of the container body; and wherein the body sealing surface and the lid sealing surface are configured to mate to form a moisture tight seal between the lid and the body when the container is in the closed position.

14. The container according to claim 13 having a moisture ingress of less than 1000 micrograms per day, at 80% relative humidity and 22.2 degrees C.

15. The container according to any one of claims 1-14, wherein the insert comprises a blend of the base material and the desiccant.

16. The container according to claim 15, wherein the insert is an entrained polymer further comprising a channeling agent.

17. The container according to any one of claims 1-16, wherein the insert has a total exposed surface area that is at least 1.75 times, optionally at least 2.0 times an exposed surface area of the interior compartment.

18. The container according to any one of claims 1-17, wherein the insert is a single, unitary member.

19. The container according to any one of claims 1-18, wherein the void is provided between both: (a) a bottom end of the insert and the base of the container body; and (b) the outer surface of the insert and the sidewall of the container body.

20. An insert according to any of claims 1-19.

21. A method for making a container comprising:

providing a container body having a base and a sidewall extending therefrom, the container body having an inner surface defining an interior of the container body, the container body further having an opening leading to the interior; optionally providing a lid that is movable with respect to the container body to move the container between a closed position in which the lid covers the opening and an open position in which the opening is exposed;

securing an insert, optionally fixedly securing the insert, within the interior of the container body, the insert comprising a base material and a desiccant, wherein the base material provides structure to the insert and is optionally a polymer, the insert having an opening leading to an interior compartment configured for housing products and an outer surface facing the inner surface of the container body;

forming a void between an exposed portion of the outer surface of the insert and a portion of the inner surface of the container body; and

forming at least one fluid pathway between the void and the interior compartment of the insert.

22. The method according to claim 21 wherein the securing step comprises press-fitting the insert into the container body.

23. The method according to claim 21 or 22 wherein the securing step comprises shrinking the container body about the insert.

24. The method according to claim 21 or 23 wherein the securing step comprises overmolding the container body around the insert.

25. The method according to claim 21 wherein the securing step comprises employing two-shot molding to make the container body and the insert.