Manufacturing and expiry date (two years later) are stamped on the black cardboard box. Within the box are three separate 1 kg well-sealed foil bags, with manufacturing and expiry date stamped on each. All was in perfect condition, produced just a few months ago and therefore with nearly two years to use. Compared to taste, texture and colour of smaller 250g tin, is identical. This cocoa powder gives a rich flavour, without being bitter. This is due to the "dutching" process - made more alkaline by using potassium bicarbonate. Keep this in mind if pouring boiling water onto this product - it can fizzle and expand. By putting the powder too compactly at the bottom of a too-narrow glass mug, I did blow up a mug when making hot chocolate the first time. Arrived less than one week after being ordered. There were no surprise taxes, fees or up-charges. Very pleased with both the product and the service of the Vanilla Food Company!