Thanks for checking out Spruce On Tap! We recognize there are other suppliers on the market, but here are a few things that make our products stand out over some of the others: Our products are freshly harvested and then immediately vacuum packed and frozen. Our products are never dried or dehydrated. They taste and smell just like the day they were harvested - fresh! We always tell you what kind of spruce you are getting. There are over 30 different varieties of spruce. Fir trees can often be confused with spruce (they can look almost identical in some cases) - and you really don't want to accidentally work with fir if you intended to use spruce. We triple process (check) all of our products to make sure you are getting the highest quality and concentration with the least amount of foreign material. We own our own brewery. We know the importance of consistent, quality ingredients. We use our own products and hold ourselves to our own standards. We work closely with the National Forest Service. We are commercially permitted and give seasonal reports back to the forest service detailing forest health. It is only legal to commercially harvest with a permit and ethical to do so because otherwise harvesting can damage forests that are already struggling. We use commercial grade vacuum packers, commercial-grade BPA free plastics, and walk-in freezers to process and store our products. Everything is temperature-stable and in the freshest environment possible until the day it leaves our shipping facility. We ship all of our products with ice packs, insulation, and express shipping. These are just a few of the many things that Spruce On Tap brings to the table that other companies cannot. You may pay a little more with us, but you will be getting what you pay for and you will love the end result!