We typically buy Great Value trail mix over name brands because it offers a very good value for the money. It is much cheaper than the name-brand alternatives, but it still tastes about as fresh and as delicious. The expiration date is generally awhile after the day that we purchase it, so it will last a long time in the cupboard if we do not eat it right away. When we opened it, even when we had it sitting around for a little while, the bag had been sealed well, and it still tasted fresh and good. This tropical trail mix also has a good selection of dried fruits in it. We have never had a bag that had too much of one particular fruit while neglecting to have very much of other types. The bag is a good size to take when traveling on the road or hiking. It is very portable and offers a nutritious snack. We often take them with us on vacation, and they are one of our favorite snacks.