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The Pros and Cons of 8 Different Office Snack Services

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Jeff Gapinski

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There’s nothing like vanquishing a specific craving with the perfect snack on a stressful workday. You don’t want to stop working when you’re in the zone, but you know you can’t keep working while your stomach’s rumbling. Being able to count on healthy and delicious snack options in the office pantry means one less thing to worry about as you stay focused. 

That being said, it is still someone’s job to make sure the kitchen is stocked, and we don’t want them running all over town finding different snacks for every department. The good news is there are a bevy of office snack services available to help you streamline your provisions process and have great snacks delivered right to you. Let’s take a look at 8 popular services to help figure out which service is best for your office.

1. SnackNation

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SnackNation was founded in Los Angeles in 2014 and has since provided snacks to companies including Microsoft, Wayfair, and MailChimp. They’ve made it their mission “​​to find exciting, health conscious snack brands and connect them around the snack bowl with like-minded people.” Boxes start at $201.95 and contain 140-160 individual-sized snacks. Snack options include protein bars, jerky, chips, nuts, and granola.

Pros: At the beginning of your relationship, SnackNation’s “Snack Concierges” will work with you to cater to your team’s preferences and employees can rate and review snacks on the SnackNation app to help this process. Pricing includes shipping and set-up, and you’ll save 40% off retail prices according to SnackNation. Though it is a subscription that automatically renews on a month-to-month basis, modifications or cancellations can be made with a 14-day notice prior to the subsequent shipment. In addition to boxes that provide a wide variety of snacks, SnackNation also donates 10 meals to support hunger relief for every box purchased. 

Cons: This is a great service for enterprise offices, but the minimum price might be a dealbreaker for smaller companies with smaller budgets. That’s why this is only the first of eight great options! For more information, contact SnackNation.

2. NatureBox

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NatureBox “believe[s] in a world where snacks should do more than just get you through your afternoon sugar slump.”  They provide unlimited healthy snacks and price their service per employee. Companies like Visa and Apple have used this subscription service for their campuses.

Pros: With pricing starting at $23 per employee, NatureBox can be a great option for smaller companies who are looking to provide diverse, healthy options for their employees. You’ll work with an account manager to choose from 50 different snack options each month. The plan is unlimited so it’s also a good option for teams that can really pack on the snacks. NatureBox also reduces the risk of signup with a 15-day free trial, a monthly store credit, and great promotional offers.

Cons: Naturebox’s snacks aren’t for everyone. While they do have chips and cookies, many of their products are dried fruits and healthy foods, and they do not offer brand-name snacks. While 50 snack options might seem overwhelming, it’s actually less than other services on this list.

To learn more and to try a free sample, contact NatureBox.

3. Instacart

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Instacart is the world’s largest online grocery service. You select your items on their website, see real-time updates as personal shoppers pick up your order, and get your items delivered on the same day.

Pros: The biggest benefit with Instacart is total personalization. You’re able to choose exactly what you want in exactly the quantity you want. Because items are being sourced locally in real-time, you’re also able to order fresh produce and other perishable items that services specializing in individually-wrapped snacks can’t offer. The minimum order is just $10.

Cons: Just as Instacart’s personalization can be a huge benefit, it can also be a detractor as it does take time to search and choose your items. Instacart does not honor in-store sales, so items can sometimes be more expensive through the service than in store. Various fees are attached to the price of your order including delivery fees, optional tips, and a “Busy Pricing” surge fee at certain times of day. Instacart is not an office-specific service, so there is no system in place for set weekly/monthly deliveries.

Try Instacart here.

4. Eat Club

eatclub office food service

Eat Club is “a virtual cafeteria that can satisfy everyone’s tastes by delivering personalized, delicious meals to office teams.” It’s more of a lunch provider than a snack service, but who among us hasn’t accidentally eaten a whole lunch when they meant to sit down for just a snack? 

Pros: Eat Club is focused on employee choice and satisfaction. “Employees choose their favorite lunch from a curated menu of delicious options…developed by award-winning chefs,” and Eat Club delivers all individually-wrapped lunches at the same time each day. This is a great option for large companies as Eat Club has experience catering for 1000+, and with options for every dietary restriction and preference, every employee will find something they love. 

Cons: Eat Club is only available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and their surrounding areas. For picky eaters, substitutions are not available so this service lacks the personalization offered by others on this list.

For pricing and more information, contact Eat Club.

5. WorkPerks

Work Perks office snacks

WorkPerks is an office snack service that thinks you should “Work Smart. Snack Smarter.” Their offerings range from beef jerky and chocolate chip cookies to sweet potato chips and smoked chili almonds. They also offer packages for client meetings and gifts.

Pros: Your office can personalize its snack quantity and delivery frequency starting at $54.99. Similar to other services on your list, you’re also able to provide feedback on the snacks you’ve received to help find the best mix for your team. Want to try before you buy? Sign up for a sample here.

Cons: WorkPerks does not advertise the same “Snack Concierge” or app functionality as a service like SnackNation so the snack boxes might be less curated than other snack services at the same price point.

To place an order for WorkPerks, visit their website.

6. The FruitGuys

The FruitGuys was founded in 1998 and proudly bills itself as the  #1 fruit delivery service in the US on account of “providing thousands of companies and millions of people with fresh and healthy snacks each week.” They provide both fresh fruit and healthy, clean-ingredient snacks for your office. With options of counter-ready trays as well as fruits or snacks by the case, there’s something available for every sized company.

Pros: What makes FruitGuys different is all in their name: fresh fruit. Many of the other snack services provide only pre-packaged snacks, but FruitGuys has options available for both. Trays of fresh fruit start as low as $27, and the offerings change week to week depending on what is locally in season. You can set up daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly deliveries to your office.

FruitGuys is a family business and a Certified B Corporation with a mission to support small farms and fight hunger. They donate excess fruit to local food banks and their non-profit The FruitGuys Community Fund provides grants to small farms for sustainability projects.

Cons: Beyond fruit and nuts, there isn’t much insight into the brands and varieties of the non-fruit snacks besides being “salty, savory, sweet, and protein-rich snacks from other mission-driven brands.” Another thing to be aware of is that shipping charges may apply outside of their main hub areas.

For more information, contact the FruitGuys

7. AmazonFresh

amazon fresh office delivery

AmazonFresh is Amazon’s grocery delivery service. Similar to Instacart, your office would make its snack selections online and then have them delivered by a personal shopper within a selected two-hour window.

Pros: The best part of a grocery delivery service is that the entire grocery store (not just the snack aisle) is available to you. You can mix the fresh fruit of a FruitGuy with the name brand snacks of a SnackNation and appease all the snackers in your office. This also means you could add prepared meals, beverages, desserts, and even cleaning supplies to an order!

Cons: AmazonFresh requires an Amazon Prime membership which costs $12.99 per month, and each order must meet a $30 threshold. Because this is a grocery service for the general public, there are no office-specific packages or support to help you find the snacks right for you.

For more information, see Amazon’s website.

8. Walmart (formerly Jet)

Like Amazon or Instacart, Walmart, now a supermarket in its own right, is another service that allows you to choose specific grocery items at low prices. With offerings from food to cleaning supplies to decor and electronics, it’s a great one-stop shop for smaller companies with diverse needs.

Pros: No membership is required, and you’re guaranteed the same low prices as in-store shoppers. Like Amazon, their huge footprint allows them to carry almost any name brand you’d want in your pantry. 

Cons: Without Walmart+ (a $98 annual cost that gets you free shipping), costs can add up. Delivery can range to around $10, and delivery minimums vary by area. You also must order at least $35 worth of goods.

For more information, visit Walmart.com.

Bonus: Speaking of office snacks, consider an office beverage subscription service.

Bevi is a smart water cooler that provides still, sparkling, and flavored water on demand. It’s a smarter way to hydrate, without the waste of plastic bottles. Learn more here.

 

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