Friday, 26 September 2014

5 a Day Keeps Office Stress at Bay

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Everyone knows that we need to eat our 5-a-day to keep ourselves in tip-top condition and that delicious, fresh fruit is the perfect office snack. 

But if you're considering ordering an office fruit delivery or if your London office has just started receiving our bountiful, brown boxes then here's where you can find out what amazing things just 5 portions of fruit a day can do for your office.

5 Office Benefits from Eating your 5-a-day

1) Raises Productivity

A piece of fruit provides energy that won't leave employees crashing into fatigue just half an hour later. A banana rather than a chocolate bar or muffin for elevenses will keep everyone energised, alert and less likely to succumb to the mid-afternoon slump when work quality is most likely to drop. 

2) Appetite Suppressing

Keeping your employees full of good quality, easy to access calories from fruit not only stops the inevitable hunger and boredom induced wander to the vending machine or corner shop, it also keeps the waist line trim, which brings us on to our next benefit...

3) Boosts the Immune System

Employees that maintain a healthy diet and look after their weight are more likely to take less days off sick, thanks to the amount of illness-fighting vitamins they're absorbing from nutrient-dense fruit. By providing fruit, you're protecting your colleagues from sickness and, especially with winter on its way, you'll be sure to notice less sniffly noses, spluttering and sneezing if everyone is snacking on fruit rather than an unhealthy alternative.

4) Morale Boosting

Everyone loves a freebie and by providing fruit for your employees, you're showing that you care about their health, wellbeing and happiness. And when you feel appreciated and cared about, you're always much more motivated to work hard - especially when you've got a punnet of grapes or berries to see you through till 5pm! 

5) Cut Smoking Breaks

Studies have shown that fruit can help people to quit smoking and eating fruit is also an important cancer preventer. So, if you're getting the office involved in Stoptober, be sure to provide them with plenty of fruit to help stave off cravings, keep healthy and provide them with something delicious to focus on instead. You'll be lessening your colleagues chance of cancer, serious illness and also, less people outside smoking means more people inside being productive - and it means you can shut that door leading to the smoking area (a win-win for when it starts to get cold!) 

So, if you're the office manager, PA, receptionist or just a hungry employee that reckons your office would benefit from eating more fruit, you can place your order right now at

We offer Fresh boxes, packed full of a selection of our favourite fruits that come in all different sizes to accomodate the smallest or biggest of offices.

Or, we also provide tailor made boxes so you can pick whichever fruit your office fancies in any quantity you need!

If you want to know more, tweet us @office_fruit or visit our contact page to chat with a member of the Fruit For the Office team.

Friday, 19 September 2014

15 of the Most Ridiculous "Would You Rather" Questions

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Think you're the only one in your office with the Friday feeling? Dish out some office fruit at lunch to get everyone energised then try a few rounds of our 'Would you Rather' questions to rouse everyone up and get the whole office laughing - you might learn something new about your colleagues (or maybe something that will put you off your after-work drinks!)

Got a Would you Rather for the Fruit for the Office team? Tweet us @office_fruit today and we'll answer as many questions as we can - except any rude ones, cheeky!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Why Bananas Are So Good For You

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Bananas are well known for being undeniably delicious but did you know that this fruit is hiding a few secrets? All neatly dressed up in their smart yellow suit, they're packed full of good stuff that will keep your body, skin, hair and heart in tip top condition. Oh, and did we mention they're delicious already?

Fruit for the Office are strong believers in the power of bananas and we've been sending boxes upon boxes of the things to support UNICEF at events, including London Marathon, Prudential RideLondon and Brighton Marathon.

If you think we're going a bit bananas over the long, yellow fruit, read on and find out why it's really a banana a day that keeps the doctor away!

Potassium Power

Everyone knows that bananas are packed full of potassium but do you know why it's so important? This vital nutrient helps regulate blood pressure, keeping the love muscle working at its best and reducing the likelihood of heart-related illnesses. Potassium is also great for the bones as it helps to reduce calcium excretion, keeping bones strong and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. 

Tummy Troubles

High in fibre, bananas will clear your system in no time to make sure that you maintain healthy bowel movements. So if you've been spending a lot of time thinking about the toilet, a banana could be a natural alternative to alleviate digestive problems. Also, if you've been suffering from diarrhea an under ripe (green) banana can help keep things solid whereas if your complications are caused by constipation then an over ripe (completely yellow with brown spots) will get things moving. Saves you having to buy two remedies for these common digestive problems - and you get a bit of your 5-a-day!

Brilliant B6

There's so many different types of B vitamin but the humble banana is bursting with the B6 kind. B6 has so many benefits including blood production, strengthening the nervous system, aiding weight loss, protecting against heart attacks and type 2 diabetes, preventing kidney stones and even alleviating depression. It's the vitamin that does it all and it's stuffed inside every banana ready for you to reap the benefits - and enjoy a delicious piece of fruit.

Immunity Booster

If you've been feeling the effects of every cough, sneeze and sniffle, you could be suffering from a lowered immune system. Chomping on a banana can help speed up production of white blood cells, thanks to the cytolcin it contains, which can help to strengthen your immune system.

Stop Stomach Ulcers

Excess hydrochloric acid in the stomach can cause painful stomach ulcers but bananas can not only prevent them, they can also help to treat ulcers alongside medication. Bananas help to create a thick, protective barrier in the stomach that can help to protect against impending or existing damage.

Diet Saviour

Low in calories and fat but high in nutrients and energy so bananas are the perfect snack for weight loss. They'll keep you feeling full and energised with natural sugars to keep you going without weighing you down.

Banana Beauty

High in moisture, it's great for maintaining the condition of healthy skin and hair. Just eating these potassium powerhouses will go a long way to helping you look your best but if you can bear not tasting one of your office fruit bananas and instead mashing them up into one of our easy peasy natural face or hair mask - you'll reap even more of the benefits. Who knew eating delicious food could make you so gorgeous?!

Gym Buddy

Bananas are perfect for exercising - not as extremely light dumbbells, however! Eat one an hour before heading to the gym or for a run for natural - and sustained - energy. Bananas won't make blood sugar levels spike so you won't fizzle out halfway through your workout! Then, after your workout, bananas can help with blood flow, muscle repair and even stop the dreaded cramp. Partial to a banana but don't fancy one every single day you go to the gym? Check out our list of other perfect pre and post workout snacks!

Instant Happiness

Eating delicious fruit should make you happy anyway but bananas contain tryptophan that - upon entering the bloodstream - converts into serotonin. Serotonin is the feel good chemical and gives you an amazing mood boost. So eating a banana, alongside therapy or medication, can be perfect for depression, PMS and stress. Next time you're feeling the strain at work, eat a banana as it may just make your day at the office that little bit better!

Tweet us @office_fruit or leave a comment below to let us know which of these reasons will get you eating more bananas!

Friday, 5 September 2014

How to Keep Your Boss Happy

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Whether you've been working for your boss for three weeks or three years, it may feel like you still don't know how to keep him or her happy. 

From making sure that their fruit order is absolutely spot on to sending a luxury fruit basket to that corporate client your boss really doesn't want to deal with, Fruit for the Office are letting you in on some secrets that can keep your boss from breathing down your neck and have them singing your praises instead.

Pick up the Slack

Your boss can’t do everything and it’s highly likely that they might be a bit too proud (read: embarrassed) to ask for help when they’re meant to look like the big cheese. If there’s a project you know your boss is working on and they look like they've slept at their desk to get it done - put your hand up and help out, they’ll never forget it. And if they don’t want to admit they need help? Just make sure their coffee order is doubled every morning.

Be Perfect

Overheard your boss needs someone to take minutes at meetings? Get learning online. Listened to him moan about the filing system the last office manager implemented? Take a few spare hours and organise it just how they’d like it. Office missing a first aider since Steve left? Get yourself on a one-day course. You need to make yourself indispensable, the more things you can do, the happier your boss will be and the more pay rises and promotions you’ll be put up for. Also, if your boss chokes on their elevenses, you can put your first aiding to good use, save their life with a perfect Heimlich and get in their good books in a much more dramatic, ‘I owe you my life’ kind of way. Have them say no to an extra holiday day after that!

Pick up on Pickiness

Your boss needs to know that every single thing you order is up to their – ludicrously high – standards. Take one less load of your mind and set up a repeat order with Fruit for the Office. Each piece of fruit is meticulously inspected for quality and if your boss storms in to the office one day proclaiming that they suddenly had enough of bananas (how could they?!), you can rest easy knowing that you can easily change your order by phone, email or online form. Especially when your boss realises a few hours later that it wasn't bananas they didn't like, it was plums instead. Sigh…

Deal with It

You know exactly which clients your boss does and doesn't like – because you’re always in the office to offer a listening (thinking about what to have for lunch) ear to their woes. But rather than thinking about that delicious bakery someone in Marketing recommended to you, keeping track of who they can’t bear to talk to will keep you in their good books. Screen their calls and ask them if they want to have ‘stepped out for a minute’ or ‘ran away to Switzerland’ when client-who-shall-not-be-named rings to request a conference call. Also, help keep clients unaware that the boss uses their photo on a dart board by sending a luxury fruit basket every so often – they’ll never know if they’re stuffing themselves with perfectly sweet grapes.

Have a perfectly happy boss and want to share your secrets (office witchcraft)? Or do you just have any survival tips on how to work in a real-life version of Devil Wears Prada? Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Which Fruit is Safe for Dogs, Cats and Other Pets?

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Got a pair of puppy/kitten/other adorable animal eyes staring at you whenever you eat?
Wish you could share the office fruit that you snuck to your house with your four-legged friend?
It's difficult sometimes knowing what you can feed your pets especially when all manner of delicious human food is already off-limits (I mean, how are dogs so happy all the time even though they can't eat chocolate?)
So we've broke it down for you so that any leftovers - a rarity, we know! - from your office fruit delivery can feed your pet happy and not cause a case of projectile pet puking. (What a waste of delicious fruit.)


Anyone that owns a dog knows that the real challenge is not getting them to start eating new things, it's stopping them from eating everything and anything in sight - even things that can make them sick. 

So here's a list of fruits that it's safe for your pup to fill up on, followed by fruit that you need to keep well out of reach of their paws - and most importantly - their mouth!


  • Apples - without seeds or core as these contain poisonous chemical compounds
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon - without rind or seeds
  • Frozen pieces of banana
  • Cantaloupe melon - without rind or seeds
  • Honeydew melon - without rind or seeds


  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Cherries


Felines are much pickier eaters and for good reasons - they lack many of the receptors for sweetness and are natural carnivores so plant matter isn't easily digested in their sensitive system. So, don't be offended if they don't scoff up the office fruit delivery in a manner similar to yourself on a Monday morning. Instead, be sure to introduce any new fruits in small portions and monitor any changes in their digestion (We know hanging round the litter tray isn't really the best way to spend your Friday night) 


  • Frozen banana
  • Watermelon - without rind or seeds
  • Cantaloupe melon - without rind or seeds
  • Honeydew melon - without rind or seeds

  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Cherries

Rabbits and Other Furries

The most common image is of a rabbit chomping on a carrot but they're partial to a fruit salad too! But, remember, bunnies, guinea pigs and other small, fluffy pets love sugary fruit a little too much so be sure to limit them to around two tablespoons a day otherwise it can easily cause digestive problems.


  • Apples - without seeds or core as these contain poisonous chemical compounds
  • Banana
  • Blackberries - and their leaves
  • Cherries - not the pits or any other part of the plant as they contain highly poisonous cyanide
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi 
  • Mango 
  • Melon
  • Nectarines - remove the pit
  • Papaya
  • Peaches - remove the pit
  • Pears - without seeds
  • Pineapple
  • Plums - remove the pit
  • Raspberries - and the leaves
  • Strawberries - and the leaves
  • Tomatoes - WITHOUT the leaves

There's very little fruit that rabbits can eat but too much sugar found in fruit can easily cause illness.

Introduce fruit one at a time, in small portions and monitor your pet for any dental symptoms such as:

- Going off their food
- Weight Loss
- Drooling
- Wet Chin
- Discharge from the eye
- Messy bottom

Be sure to tweet us @office_fruit to ask us about any other fruit your pet can eat and be sure to visit to order your regular office fruit delivery or even a beautiful fruit basket to share with your furry friend (or keep all to yourself!)

Friday, 22 August 2014

Fruit Picking Holidays and Gap Years Around the World

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You could say we're fruit obsessed here. Fruit in all our meals, smoothies after workouts, we even only drink exclusively fruit based liquours in our after work cocktails (Got to get the extra two for our seven a day somewhere!)

So when we choose our summer holidays or gap years, they have to be somewhere we feel at home - and our homes are full of fruit.

Fruit for the Office has rounded up the coolest places you can visit to experience how fruit is harvested around the world - and how some of it ends up in your office fruit delivery!

Farming for a Gap Year in Israel 

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It's totally still in vogue to go vintage, right? So why not go on a gap year from the 70s and head to Israel to work in a Kibbutz this Summer. Practically utopian societies, picking fruit will be worth the hard graft just to be given food, board and the chance to meet some of the incredible people that Kibbutz communities breed. You can even forgo the fields and work preparing all the delicious fruit that you'll recognise from your office fruit deliveries - trust us, it'll be the only thing you miss from your office whilst on holiday.

Wine Tasting From Dangerous New Heights

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There's nothing like a trip to a vineyard. Jetting off to a beautiful part of France, Italy or even California, boozing on wine under the beaming sunshine and even being allowed to stomp on the grapes with your bare (and hopefully clean) feet. But how about trying an Italian vineyard? On a steep rock face? Above a river? Are we asking too many questions? (It must be all the wine going to our heads...) Pack some walking boots and a taste for heights and marvel as bunches of grapes are plucked from the sheer slopes of Riberia Sacra (the holy river bank). Whilst you gasp as the pickers hang one hand precariously from a rock with a crate of fruit under the other arm you'll be glad that your office fruit deliveries are given the care and attention of our drivers - because you'd definitely end up with a bruised plum or ten if we delivered via rock climb.

Fruit Picking in the Outback

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Australia is the ultimate destination for work or play. Holiday makers, backpackers and gap year takers alike flock to The Great Barrier Reef, The Opera House and, above all, the famous Outback. Fruit pickers in the area are in high demand and once you've collected your first harvest, you'll be literally gasping for some coconut water or sweet oranges. Remember, as the seasons do a full 360 Down Under, you'll be highly sought after in December and January - making it the perfect destination for a Winter getaway. But don't mistake an Australian summer for a British one, you seriously need to pack your factor 50 or you'll be laughed off Bondi Beach by the real bronzed beauties. You may also want to pack some pretty heavy duty bug spray and a knowledge of the local wildlife when picking fruit, unless you're particularly partial to a banana that's home to a tarantula - a definite plus to ordering your office fruit from us - a definite lack of venomous creatures.

Losing Work to a Coconut Monkey

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Monkeys are proven to be genetically close to humans so how ridiculously unfair is it that they are in higher demand for coconut picking in Thailand than us? Well, if you watch them scramble up trees to collect around 300 coconuts a day, you'll understand why! Sip fruit fizzy fruit drinks from plastic bags and watch as their owners feed them their pay - freshly picked bananas - and you may even catch some of the monkeys racing to be the fastest in impromptu competitions (but you haven't seen the speed that any of the Fruit for the Office workers can vertically climb when we're promised delicious coconuts) As a fruit tourist, Thailand is home to more exotic fruit than you can shake a coconut tree at such as snakefruit, santol, rose apples, mangos and the widely proclaimed 'king of fruit': the durian. Banned in several countries due to its horrendous odour, if you can stomach the smell you'll be treated to a taste worth the temporary nostril burn. Also, the smell might keep the monkeys at bay long enough for you to secure a job fruit picking (because we'd gladly be paid in bananas)

Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know which country has the best fruit and leave a comment below if you've visited any of the places we've mentioned!

Friday, 15 August 2014

#TeamUNICEF - Prudential RideLondon 2014

Fruit for the Office are proud to say that we've supplied bananas to keep athletes going at yet another charity event and this time it was Prudential RideLondon!

Held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of August 2014, Fruit for the Office were given the incredible opportunity to support UNICEF and all those who exhausted themselves and pushed themselves to the very limit when they cycled 100 miles (cut a few miles short this year though, thanks to some summer showers!) on behalf of #TeamUNICEF.

We donated boxes of our favourite - and tastiest - energy replenishers to UNICEF's cyclists to help them re-energise after a course so long we can only describe it as absolutely bananas.

UNICEF have informed us that our delicious banana donations were well-received by the exhausted and very hungry #TeamUNICEF cyclists, and we're overjoyed to donate to such a worthwhile charity.

If you were cycling at Prudential RideLondon on behalf of UNICEF, check your goody bags and you'll find a 50% off voucher from Fruit For the Office - lucky you! 

Catch the action as it happened on this great Storify that UNICEF put together and, who knows, it may just inspire you to take part next year! (And to come sample some delicious fruit from your favourite office and charity fruit supplier...)

Well done to everyone who took part and if you're amazing enough to be supporting UNICEF at another event this year, you may just be lucky enough to sample our lovely bananas again!

Tweet us @office_fruit to find out where we'll be supporting UNICEF next, or leave us a comment below if you were at RideLondon!

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