Looking for a way to feed employees well, and under budget, without cooking at the office - or asking people to eat out? Then it may be worth considering corporate lunch box catering: an exciting, cost-effective service that can keep any organization happy and sated. Below are several important things to consider before getting started. The Advantages Lunchboxes aren’t necessarily one-size-fits-all, despite what most people think. In fact, if you choose the right caterer, your employees will be able to pick meals that fit with their dietary restrictions, build their own sandwiches and salads bowls, etc. That’s the first (and biggest) advantage. Another benefit is that employees can take their boxes wherever they go. They can take them off-site, enjoy them during brainstorming sessions, and use them to eat outdoors in the warmer seasons. Last but not least, lunchboxes can be cost efficient and healthy. They don’t require cooking, saving significant sums of money - and make it easy to pick healthy menu options so long as you pick a quality catering service. What Should be Included in Each Package? Depending on which catering service you use, a lunchbox can include: 1. Drinks - water, soft drinks, and high-end options like wine and fresh-squeezed juice all work. 2. Starters - this can be salad-based dishes, cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables or something else. 3. Soup. 4. The main meal - make sure that you offer main meals that your employees can (and want to) eat. 5. Dessert. 6. Healthy snacks, e.g. fresh fruit or bag of nuts. Figuring out what works for your team is based on costs and personal preferences. If you have your own drinks at the office thanks to a coffee machine, a juicer, a water cooler, etc, you can skip that point. Generally, though, a lunchbox should offer some sort of beverage, the main meal and a snack or dessert. Offering Options You may find that some lunchbox menu items take you over budget. If this happens, consider asking workers if they want to pay for upgrades out of their own pocket. For example, we find that many prefer to pay extra to get fresh-squeezed juices rather than boxed ones. Along the same lines, see if some employees would prefer to skip the lunchbox entirely. For example, you may have a low number of people with strict dietary restrictions you can’t serve. You could be better off giving them a small allowance equivalent to the price of a lunchbox so they can eat elsewhere. To get a free consultation and learn about our terms of service, visit catery.co.uk.