The Comprehensive Guide To Office Snacks [Updated 2023]
Combating the mid-morning slump? Trying to power through back-to-back meetings? Need a creativity boost for your next project? Struggling to find an icebreaker for mingling with your coworkers? Funny enough, office snacks are the solution to ALL of these challenges.
Top technology companies across the globe, like Google and Facebook, popularized employee perks like large office kitchens, office snack displays, and coffee-shop-style setups that could rival Starbucks. They knew that office food services save employees $2-26 per day, making yearly salaries travel farther, and are a talent acquisition and employee engagement machine.
It’s always cheaper to retain talent than to acquire new, which is why 32% of companies offer complimentary food, and doing so can see employee job satisfaction increase by a whopping 67%. On the talent acquisition front, the data speaks for itself. A recent study showed that more than 60% of employees would change jobs for a better free food perk.
In this guide, we’ll unpack everything there is to know about office snacks learned from our experience servicing over 300+ office kitchens and pantries across the globe:
Crafty’s 2023 Office Snack Trends
Office snacks are our love language. Our incredible team on the ground hooks up over 300+ offices across the globe with premium office snacks, coffee, and beverages. What makes Crafty the obvious choice for those looking to streamline their efforts is our revolutionary technology suite.
Our central dashboard provides top workplaces complete transparency into their food and beverage programs. It rounds up all the reports across every location into one place, including operations status, consumption data, budget tracking, orders, invoices, and so much more. Want a peek beneath the hood?
We dived into our clients' consumption data to find what’s trending in the office snack world, and here’s what we found:
- ↑110% in units sold across all office snack categories from 2022 to 2023
- A few of the snack categories that saw the most significant jumps were:
- ↑122.52% in bar units
- ↑174.63% in pretzel units
- ↑121.57% in produce units
- ↑177.97% in bread units
- ↑178.33% in egg units
- This year, companies seem to be investing a majority of their snack spend across these categories:
- Bars: 18.89%
- Dry Snacks: 26.76%
- Produce: 23.49%
- Sweets & Candy: 13.31%
- Bananas are the favorite based on city-specific data
History of Office Snacks
While Americans’ obsession with snacking didn’t take hold until the 1950s, smart employers have used food to draw their teams together and increase job satisfaction since the early 1900s. Back then, work conditions were often bleak. Savvy executives at the Larkin Company in Buffalo started offering a paid break and free coffee. In the late 1930s, Hewlett-Packard incorporated this and other benefits into the first employee benefits program.
During the Dot-com boom, technology companies used the power of food to attract and retain talent and provide a way for employees to come together and collaborate. Google co-founder Sergey Brin wanted every employee no further than 200ft. from food at any time. He believed big ideas and innovation would come to fruition if team members and leaders gathered around meals.
Office Snacks = Improved Employee Engagement
A recent Gallup poll found that employee engagement has 3.8 times more effect on employee stress than where they work. As many return to the office, anything an employer can do to improve engagement will improve employee satisfaction, retention, and culture.
The easiest place to start is food! Over 88% of employees believe it’s essential for their employer to provide office snacks, and 92% want their workplace to have coffee breaks and lunch spaces available to socialize and collaborate.
How Office Snacks Help Employees Feel More Appreciated
Food is one of the easiest ways to bring about this engagement, and employees who share meals feel more connected and are more productive. Breaking bread together has been a defining way to connect throughout history, and it’s no surprise that sharing a snack at the office gives employees a stress-free space to form friendships and build bonds that result in improved innovation and collaboration.
Nourishing Your Company’s Culture Back to Health.
Crafty delivers office snacks to 300+ offices worldwide, so we know a thing or two about shaping an office vibe. A thriving work culture directly impacts your overall company’s success, and recent data from Microsoft’s Work Index suggests employees are looking for more social interaction with their coworkers. A robust office snack program not only addresses your employees’ hunger but also allows you to craft thoughtful gestures that open a pathway to enhanced employee satisfaction and loyalty.
How To Pick The Best Office Snacks for Employee Appreciation
Inclusion can make or break a workplace. Everyone wants to feel represented, whether that’s through dietary preferences, values, or tastes. Good companies offer an array of snacks, but great companies take the time to ensure those products reflect their employees in various ways. Show employees you value them by exploring the snack landscape, from gluten-free and vegan options to DEI-owned brands. Curate a thoughtful selection that employees can customize in the office or remotely.
5 Tips to Save on Your Food Service Program
Explore the five steps to save money on your corporate food and beverage program, from proper inventory planning, daily insight into your F&B budget, and reliable food service management. You'll see the ROI roll in after taking a few simple steps. The Corporate Travel Index reported that offices with 100 employees spend between $78,000 to $208,000 annually for office snacks. It may seem like a lot, but the International Labour Organization (ILO) stats show that the overall return on investment in catered lunches is 150%. At the same time, Harvard Business Professor James Heskett indicates that companies with an employee-centered culture can increase revenue by up to four times.
How To Design The Ultimate Office Kitchen & Pantry
As more companies return to an in-office culture, offering an inviting office experience that workers want to spend eight hours (or more) a day in is more important than ever. One way to do this is to create an office kitchen that becomes the heart of your office. Part breakroom, part cafeteria, and part coffee shop, the office kitchen of 2023 is a hub for connection, collaboration, and productivity.
The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Office Kitchen and Pantry
A great office kitchen starts with a smart layout. Ensure that counter space and appliances are arranged in a “work triangle” to make moving about easy. Use durable materials that will stand the test of time, and strategically incorporate lights and skylights to set the mood. Calming colors, entertainment options, and even a Crafty expert on-site to keep your kitchen stocked helps create an inviting environment.
Curating The Perfect Office Snack Selection
If you just opened your office fridge or pantry and were met with empty shelves, you need help! Crafty can fill your office pantry with healthy snacks for all dietary preferences and values. To make it easy to decide what to order, we’ve created this handy cheat sheet to stock your office kitchen with a mix of products designed to wow your employees.
The Ultimate Guide To Organizing A Snack Station
While large companies can easily build office kitchens and stock a wide array of products, small businesses often wonder how they can compete and offer snack perks as well. Any small space can be transformed into an inviting, designated area for an office snack station, and Crafty can help you accomplish that.
Snack Delivery Service for Remote or Hybrid Employees
According to the Pew Research Center, 35% of full-time employees worked remotely in 2023. Other companies like Crafty are leaning toward the hybrid model, which our co-CEO Nate Rosenstock calls the Hub and Spoke model. The model revolves around one central office hub and smaller spokes—or satellite offices.
This model allows companies to centralize their office efforts to create more premium experiences while expanding their hireable talent market. Employees can have a flexible work environment that allows for some remote work and uses the office space for more meaningful collaboration and sprints forward.
When it comes to snacks, you need to provide the benefits both in and out of the office so employees across the board can have a standard of experience with your company building loyalty and advocacy.
The Benefits of Snack For Remote Work + How To Choose The Best One
The benefits of office snack delivery range from bolstering health and energy levels to enhancing engagement and reducing midday slumps. Crafty makes it easy for companies to send office snacks to any employee regardless of where they physically work. With a vast selection of healthy snack options and delivery included, it’s easy to send the coffee break to your employees’ home office.
Best Snacks for Remote Workers
In theory, working from home should make it easier to snack healthy. Still, when a kitchen is doing double duty as an office, many workers reach for something fast and easy that often isn’t nutritious. This mindless snacking is hurting companies' bottom lines. According to a recent study, productivity increases up to 25% when people make healthy food choices. Crafty blends the convenience of snack food with options that are good for you in our employee snack boxes.
Snacks For All Dietary Preferences
60% of Americans report dietary restrictions, which makes it crucial to be mindful of these preferences in your office snack program. Crafty is uniquely positioned to help businesses keep a well-stocked office kitchen where everyone will find something to satisfy their cravings. Our diverse product catalog has hundreds of items catering to vegan, keto, kosher, and gluten-free eaters.
Guten-Free Office Snacks
Tap into the world of gluten-free office snacks with Crafty experts as your guide. Gluten-free diets are on the rise, and whether it’s due to medical reasons or personal choice, you’ve got to prepare. From coffee and tea to pantry goodies and catering, we've scoured the options to ensure our gluten-free friends are well cared for. There is no need to sacrifice your favorite treats – we're here to make every snackperience delicious.
Vegan Snacks for Work
The office kitchen can be a battlefield for vegans, with minimal to no options to satisfy their needs. Explore how to add a dash of vegan-friendly flair to your workplace experience and navigate the best products within the Crafty catalog. We break it all down across coffee chats, fruit fests, pantry treasures, and occasional after-hours sips.
Keto Office Snacks
Intrigued by the mysterious "keto" that's taken the world by storm? It’s not as scary as it sounds. It's a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle that's here to stay. Explore the realm of keto with flavorful options to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Skip the carb overload while still enjoying all your favorites like coffee, snacks, and yes…alcohol!
The Foodie’s Guide to Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Work
What do avocado toast, baked potatoes, and hot chocolate have in common? All of them are foods we enjoy today thanks to produce that originated in Latin America. Food is a cornerstone of any culture–and that’s especially true for this community. After all, Lima, Peru, is known as the Culinary Capital of Latin America (some would even say the world!). Explore this guide that rounds up how to create an inclusive workplace that celebrates the backgrounds of your employees using office snacks, drinks, and more!
Beginner's Guide To Kosher Office Snacks
Fill up your cup with knowledge...about Kosher office snack options. Dive into the world of kosher options, which are the dietary guidelines around Judaism. These religious food guidelines are not only as important as your standard dietary restrictions, but they also ensure your office culture is embracing DEI initiatives to ensure you’re not excluding any employee from your incentive program.
Creative Snack Station Ideas
Work may be serious, but at Crafty, we believe office food should be fun. Having the same products day in and day out can get stale, so sometimes it’s good to switch things up. Why not combine two things everyone loves to inspire your next product switch: music and food?
Taylor Swift Snack Station
Inspired by Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Eras tour, we pair snacks with different eras in her career to show how snacks can set the mood. When Swift burst onto the music scene, her lyrics were heartfelt and comforting, just like our classic Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies. In the Midnight era, it was all about high energy and late nights, which our Verb Energy Caffeinated Snack Bar perfectly captures. Turn on your Swiftie playlist and have these options displayed in your office kitchen!
Office Snacks Fit For Queen B
Time to join the snack hive! Take a tasty journey through Beyoncé's discography paired with the perfect office snack to reflect each of Beyoncé's iconic albums. From bubbly and flavorful McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Brut to hearty SoulFull Project Multigrain Hot Cereal, adding a touch of magic to your office experience.