The spices on the local grocery store shelf have a few disadvantages: light seeps through the packaging, which lowers the quality of the seasonings. Those spices may also sit there for awhile before resale. You must also pay for that packaging! We recommend purchasing bulk foil packaging for the safest and most cost-effective solution. Frontier Natural Foods products are environmentally friendly, created with the most sustainable agricultural practices available, and are delicious! Remember that the quality of your finished product is only as good as the ingredients.