Revisiting Office Snacks and Beverages as Companies Return to the Office “post” COVID19

Before COVID-19 forever changed the landscape of the workplace food and beverage played a large part in employee recruitment, engagement and retention. Now with companies slowly returning to the offices, food and beverage is playing a larger role in human resources than ever before.

Why?

Many people got used to working from home, they still may not feel comfortable returning to the office, they feel like they’ve already proved that they can be productive even while out of sight of their employer. Simply put, many people have gotten used to “the new normal” and they aren’t looking to go back.

Why Team Members Might Want to Return to the Office

For as many people that don’t want to go back to the office full time there is a draw in returning at least in part. Reasons for wanting to return to the office (at least part time) include:

  • Separation from their family/home – although long commutes were tedious, a small commute, for some, brings a nice separation from home and work, creating a natural transition between the two locations
  • Human interaction – not everyone is a fan of water cooler conversations but most people report missing some aspects of human interaction that you can only get at the office (sometimes a Zoom just won’t do)
  • The snacks – If you’re working from home full -time than you have the full-time responsibility of meal prep and making sure your pantry is stocked with snacks. Many people, especially if employed by companies in the tech space, report missing their catered meals and seemingly bottomless snack supply

There’s a lot that you can do as an office manager or owner of a company to create a safer place for human interaction (reposition desks, create a flow for office traffic, put up plexiglass dividers, etc.).

And in the same way that the Feng-Shui of your office is going to need to be rearranged, the way you offer snacks, beverages and meals is also going to need to be reconfigured.

According the AARP.org, the CDC recommends replacing coffee pots and bulk snacks with individually packaged items but what do you do if you have sustainability goals that you want to preserve while also offering a robust coffee and snack program? There are a few options that might allow you to preserve both your desire to keep employees safe and preserve the planet.

What does the CDC say about coffee and snacks at the office?
The CDC recommends removing airpot coffee from office offerings

CDC recommends replacing airpot coffee offerings at offices

Office Coffee

Right now, it’s hard to argue in favor of traditional airpot coffee. Not only is it difficult to reduce the touch points (everyone pushes the same handle on the pot to pour the coffee) but with limited people in the office it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to make a full pot of coffee for a team of 5, where only 2 of those people might actually make a cup. Instead, as teams return to the office, we are recommending either bean to cup machines or single cup options.

Both options allow team members to order their coffee from apps on their phone, meaning the only thing they touch are their own phone and the cup they are going to drink from.

Both options also ensure that team members who are drinking coffee get a fresh cup, made specifically for them when they want it (not a cold up of coffee made 6 hours earlier when eager Becky arrived to the office at 5am).

Single Cup Options

Single Cup Options like the Flavia C600 offer safe ways to provide office coffee to team members as they return to the office.

Here are some of our favorite single cup options:

Yes, we know that single cup gets a bad rap for sustainability issues but both of the machines we are about to show you have a robust recycling program attached to them and both of these units allow team members to order their coffee via their phone.

 

Read more about Keurig’s touchless app here. 

Read more about Keurig’s recycling program here.

The Flavia app allows team members to select their coffee from an app on their phone. Once their selection is made a QR code is generated, they simply scan the QR code at the machine and wait for their coffee to brew.

Read more about Flavia’s recycling program here.

Bean to Cup Machines

Bean to Cup Coffee Machines
Dallas is looking for safe ways to give coffee to employees. Bean to cup machines offer freshly brewed coffee per cup and with mobile app options, employees can select their coffee from their phones, limiting touch points.

We love our bean to cup machines. They make great coffee, are the most sustainable office coffee option and look beautiful on the counter.

That said there are a few things you should know about them:

  • they work best when they are being used frequently (just like a car, we don’t want them to sit too long before use).
  • these machines are meant for offices of 50+ full time employees (that means if you are working hybrid shifts “post” COVID19, you would still need a minimum of 50 people in the office per day)
  • each machine comes with a monthly rental and monthly minimum purchase requirements

You can learn more about these beautiful machines here. 

Let’s Talk Snacks and Drinks

At AmeriTex we are still figuring out the best way to navigate the world of individually packaged snacks and sustainability. Unfortunately the technology just isn’t quite where we need it to be yet in order to offer a full menu of sustainably packaged snacks. For now, we are recommending that bulk offerings are suspended; this is for a couple of reasons:

  1. We are trying to limit touch points as much as possible. All current bulk options require a shared touch point at some point in the transaction.
  2. With limited people in the office, you run the risk of having bulk items expire/go stale before consumption, adding to food waste.

The good news? Although there are not a lot of sustainable options for single use snacks at this time, there are a lot of options for sustainably packaged single serve beverages.

Ways to Create a Sustainable Beverage Program:

  1. When possible switch from single serve options to “bulk” options. The best example of this at this time (in our opinion) is the Bevi unit. Swap out your canned sparkling water and your bottled still water and replace it with this water filtration system. The Bevi offers plain sparkling and still water as well as flavored sparkling and still water. And just like the coffee machines suggested above it also has an app where team members can select their beverage directly from their phone.
  2. Eliminate plastic as often as possible. Many iced teams (previously available in plastic bottles) are now offered in aluminum cans, bottled waters are not in cardboard and aluminum packaging. As continued concern arises around plastic (both for human health and the sustainability of the planet) many bottlers are choosing (or being forced) to change their packaging based on consumer demand.

What Next?

As you navigate returning to the office and are faced with making some hard decisions around snacks and beverages in the office “post” COVID19, we’d love to help you make the decision that is best for your office.

If you have questions about any of the equipment listed above, about our offerings or how we can help you offer safe and sustainable snacks, beverages and coffee (yes, coffee is a beverage but it’s so lovely it gets it’s own category) in your Dallas Fort Worth office you can reach us at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com

 

 

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Spice Up Your Dallas Fort Worth Snacks

When it comes to stocking your Dallas Fort Worth break room, you want to provide snacks that meet everyone’s flavor needs. Many employee favorites include strong, spicy flavors like capsaicin, jalapenos, chili peppers, and cumin. Adding these flavors into your snack rotation will create a buzz around the office.

These spicy foods do more than taste great; they also provide a range of health benefits for your staff! Continue reading to find out how spicy snacks can give you more bang for your Dallas Fort Worth break room services!

Health Benefits of Spicy Snacks

Full of flavor, spicy snacks provide a variety of benefits to your employees. For instance, foods featuring cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, peppers, and chilies provide healthy snack options that taste great and boost metabolism. Not only do they make employees burn more calories, but these foods can curb their appetites.

Some spices, such as turmeric, ginger, and garlic, help reduce inflammation. They may also offer relief when dealing with arthritis, headaches, autoimmune disorders, and even nausea. Overall, incorporating these flavors into your snack rotation would be an employee benefit.

Spicy foods may even help your employees live longer. Eating spicy foods six times a week can have positive effects on your Dallas Fort Worth employees’ overall health and wellness. Some spices may even contain cancer-fighting properties. Capsaicin, found in chili peppers, stops the growth of certain cancer cells without damaging the surrounding healthy cells.

Spicy Snacks in Micro-Markets and Vending Machines

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By providing spicy foods in your snack vending machines, you give employees the tasty treats they love to eat. With a variety of spicy snacks available in your Dallas Fort Worth vending machines, you’ll give employees the opportunity to choose which is their favorite!

Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks are a classic in Dallas Fort Worth break rooms. The combination of hot flavor with cheesy crunchiness makes these a great anytime snack that always has a kick. As a bonus, Hot Cheetos remind employees of childhood treats.

Spicy trail mix is a great snack that employees can munch on all day. These trail mixes come in a variety of seasonings, so fill your Dallas Fort Worth snack vending machines with a few different flavors. When you provide different product options, your employees will never get bored! This is also a great healthy snack option to keep in your break room rotation.

Buffalo Chicken Wraps from your Dallas Fort Worth micro-market suit employees’ need for flavor while providing the healthy lunch they desire. Filled with juicy chicken and flavorful cheddar cheese, it makes the perfect spicy alternative to a cheeseburger with fewer calories.

Spice Things Up in Your Dallas Fort Worth Break Room

If you want to add some spice to your vending services, do it with AmeriTex Vending. Our vending machine specialists help you find the perfect fit for your break room. Call 972.572.5200 to get started today!

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Office Pantry Service is a game-changer for your Dallas Fort Worth break room

Many offices across the country will start to reopen in the coming months. While this is a fantastic development for most, some businesses will be challenged with keeping employees happy and motivated.  After all, employees who have been home for many months may not feel as connected to the office as they once did. We have a unique idea that may help strengthen those social bonds. Have you considered an office pantry service for your Dallas Fort Worth office? It’s a simple concept where the business pays for the refreshments and in turn, offers them to employees for free. Many of our clients consider it as an upgrade to our vending services, and it pairs well with our office coffee services.

Setting up your Dallas Fort Worth office pantry 

It’s easy to set up an office pantry because we do all of the work for you. First, we partner with your office to find out what your needs are. We look at all kinds of factors such as available space within your break room, office culture, budget, number of employees, and what kinds of products you enjoy. Second, we draw up a proposal based on those conversations to ensure that the office pantry is customized to your break room. Finally, we’re ready to install the pantry, including the shelves, racks, dispensers, and other equipment. Furthermore, we can personalize the office pantry space with your company branding. We do the entire setup with minimum disturbance to your office and leave your break room in pristine condition.  We track all products and invoice you once a month to make it a hassle-free experience for you.

Bring in the delicious refreshments

We stock the office pantry with all of your favorite products such as nuts, chips, fruits, yogurts, and refreshing beverages. In addition, we can provide healthy options to support employees’ health and wellness goals. In fact, if your office wants a specific product, let us know, and we’ll get it for you. That’s how easy it is to stock your office pantry with products you want.

Office Pantry Service is a win for everyone in your Dallas Fort Worth office

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And, just like our micro-market solution, office pantry services can benefit both the employer and the employees.

As an employer, you’ll see long-term business advantages.

  • Increase productivity because employees stay on-site for refreshments.
  • Create a space where employees can collaborate, share ideas, and connect with each other.
  • Elevate the company culture because employees feel happier at work.
  • Attract and retain the best talent.

Employees will also benefit tremendously from office pantry services.

  • Maintain high energy throughout the day.
  • Combat the dreaded “afternoon slump” that often appears mid-day.
  • Stave off hunger pangs to avoid that “hangry” feeling.
  • Improve your mood

Office Pantry Service is a simple solution to a complex problem

To sum up, by providing tasty grab-and-go options, your employees feel appreciated and valued because they see that the office cares about them. Keep in mind, offering free food is a powerful tool and a great motivator within any office. Bottom line, we can create a customized pantry tailored to your office through our individualized approach.

For more information about adding office coffee, micro-market, office pantry, or vending services to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!

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Discover the Difference of AmeriTex Vending Company

AmeriTex Vending History

AmeriTex Vending has been in the vending business in the Dallas Fort Worth Area since 1987. Johnny Wallace founded the company because he understood the unique needs of this growing city. Today he continues to grow the business in several ways. First, he continuously enhances the company’s services. Second, he invests in the latest technology. Third, he focuses on providing best-in-class customer service whether he is working with new or long-time clients. Johnny attributes his success to a positive mindset and a long-term growth strategy.

Our Expansion

AmeriTex Vending | Johnny WallaceAmeritex Vending mainly focused on vending services in the early days of the company. However,  we started to expand and offer new services to keep up with the growth in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

  • Added micro-market services in the last few years
  • Expanded office coffee services with the introduction of bean-to-cup brewers
  • Added office pantry services recently

AmeriTex Vending Refreshment Services

Here is a brief overview of our refreshment services.

Vending: We offer vending machines for beverages, snacks, fresh foods, or healthy options.  Our state-of-the-art vending machines are customized with products to fit your needs. We provide a variety of today’s most popular brand-name products.

Office Coffee:   From traditional to single-cup to bean-to-cup brewers, we know office coffee. We tailor our solutions to your needs so you get gourmet coffee in your office. In other words, our coffee brewers will give you a cafe-quality experience in your break room. And, because we’ve thought of everything, we also offer water filtration services with plumbed-in units or floor and countertop models for your Dallas Fort Worth break room. You’ll enjoy the freshest drinking water.

Micro-Market:  We design and install a beautiful market in your Dallas Fort Worth break room and stock it with the products you want. Your office will enjoy a wide variety of products including delicious meals, trendy snacks,  refreshing beverages. In addition, we can even offer healthy products to support your health and wellness goals. Most importantly, you won’t need to leave the office for refreshments.

Office Pantry: Think of this as the best employee benefit. We convert the break room into an office pantry. Employees can visit the pantry to enjoy free snacks, drinks, and beverages to stay refreshed throughout the day. Subsequently, we invoice the business once each month making it a hassle-free experience for everyone. You can use this unique perk to attract and retain talent. In other words, use this employee perk to stand out from other employers in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Providing a Customer-First Experience  

We pride ourselves on best-in-class customer service to all of our customers. In fact, we live by the mantra “clean, stocked and working”, which was coined by Johnny Wallace. This mantra is part of our foundation and it is at the forefront of everything that we do as we continue to grow the business.

For more information about adding an office coffee service, micro-market, office pantry service, or vending service to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!

3 Better-For-You Options To Satisfy Your Dallas Fort Worth Employee’s Sweet Tooth

Around 3pm each workday, many employees start to get those sweet tooth cravings. Stock your break room services with a variety of better-for-you options that are packed with flavor. Offering these products will keep your workforce full and energized for longer periods of time.

To promote productivity, put healthy options in your office vending machines. Not sure how to upgrade your Dallas Fort Worth corporate wellness program? Start by providing these 3 snacks and beverages that will fuel and energize your workforce all day long:

Trail Mix

Trail mix packs a ton of nutrients in just a single handful. The best trail mix recipe for a healthy snack consists of a variety of nuts, dried fruit, and a touch of dark chocolate. So why is trail mix a great replacement for a bag of chips? They contain healthy fats, crabs, energy-boosting calories, and enough sweetness to curb sugar cravings. Trail mix sure to keep your employees energized and full throughout their workdays.

If you want to set your employees up for success with the best Dallas Fort Worth vending service, we are here to help!

Fruit-Infused Water

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It’s easy to opt for a classic soda when it hits 2 p.m. on a Monday. However, there are other healthy options that satisfy taste that promote wellness. Fruit-infused water, for instance, is a great replacement for soda in your Dallas Fort Worth break room. Fruit-infused water makes for naturally sweet refreshment options. Mix up the flavors by choosing different fruits like berries, citrus fruits, and other seasonal fruit options each week.

Tip: Find local grocers to ensure the freshest possible fruit-infused water for your Dallas Fort Worth micro-market service!


Fresh Fruit

Keeping fresh fruit around the office is the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth. With natural sugars infused throughout, fresh fruit makes a highly satisfying addition to your break room. Additionally, there are endless healthy options when it comes to preparing fruit! You can choose bananas, berries, melons, or even a fruit salad mix of all of the above. Again, it’s a good idea to shop locally for in-season fruits in Dallas Fort Worth.

Overall, your employees will feel more energized and satisfied when they have better-for-you options to combat their sweet tooth. Therefore, they’ll be more productive, on track, and focused throughout the work week.

Are you ready to upgrade your refreshment solutions to uplift your employees all day long? Learn more about the best break room solutions in Dallas Fort Worth by going to AmeriTex Vending or calling us at 972.572.5200 now!

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How Rotating Your Dallas Fort Worth Break Room Snack Options Benefits Employees

Variety is the spice of life. This certainly applies to food. In fact, a meal or snack that includes a variety of foods has been shown to lower the risk of malnutrition. Diverse food choices also increase happiness and heighten the snacking experience.

To promote wellness in the workplace and boost employee satisfaction, Dallas Fort Worth businesses should offer their staff a variety of healthy snacks and refreshment options.

Here’s how diverse vending machine options can benefit your workplace culture.

Employees Crave Snack Options

Stocking your Dallas Fort Worth micro-market and vending machines with new and trendy products will stir up excitement. Employees are turning to their office break room to discover new snack brands.

To encourage your staff to revisit office vending machines throughout the workday, offer them more than the popular products they already love. Consider healthier options such as granola bars, nuts, and low-calorie chips. Premium teas and specialty coffee drinks are also sure to be a big hit.

The element of surprise in your break room product selection will keep employees engaged and curious.

Promote Wellness

Having Dallas Fort Worth vending machines that are full of diverse snack and beverage options can help employees healthy and energized. Healthy snacks with high nutritional values can promote workplace wellness. Moreover, healthy employees are more productive, have more energy, and able to efficiently tackle their to-do lists.

Consider offering employees gluten-free or vegan-friendly snacks. They will appreciate the variety of healthy options available to them.

Fresh, Local Coffee

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There’s nothing better than a fresh cup of high-quality coffee first thing in the morning. Make the switch from ground coffee to bean-to-cup machines. Dallas Fort Worth businesses that offer fresh, organic coffee allow employees to enjoy workplace culture more. Additionally, your staff will appreciate that their coffee came from a local and sustainable source and feel instantly energized!

Single-cup coffee machines are eco-friendly and guilt-free. These break room beverage options give your staff the best of both worlds!

Employees Love Specialty Drink Options

In addition to fresh coffee, offices should offer employees a variety of coffee alternatives. Transform your Dallas Fort Worth break room into a café by allowing employees to enjoy teas, lattes, cappuccinos, and more.

There are also numerous coffee alternatives that can elevate the workplace break room experience and promote employee satisfaction.

If an employee prefers cold beverages, be sure to provide that choice too! Healthy juices, refreshing sparkling waters, and yummy teas all make excellent options.

Offer Your Employees More Snack Variety

AmeriTex Vending is the prime choice when it comes to offering diverse snack options in the break room. Enhance your employees’ break room experiences by stocking your break room with a variety of brand selections.

To learn how our team can diversify your workplace vending machine options, visit us at AmeriTex Vending or call 972.572.5200. We look forward to partnering with you!