Setting up the World's Greatest Office Snackroom

Nobody likes a hangry co-worker.  One of the trends at Silicon Valley offices and co-working spaces is to offer free snacks out of the break-room.  Napa Nuts could not be happier about this trend

When work spaces are trying to attract workers, and tech companies are recruiting top talent, these little perks tend to add up. Freshly brewed coffee, fruit water, and games or fun areas are all standard perks of these office spaces.  The place where the outstanding co-working spaces pull ahead from the places that just hit the minimums is the snack room. The real effects of high quality snacks increasing productivity at the workplace may not be studied in academia at the moment, but we are pretty sure people like free food.


Food education has made a radical leap in the past few years.  Most people are now moving toward healthier choices. Modern tech company snack rooms are putting kombucha on tap more frequently than sodas.  Snacks are also moving towards non-GMO, gluten-free, products and away from processed foods. Napa Nuts has been on top this trend for a while.

We think that there are a few key items that every snack room should have.  Here is our rationale:

  • Nuts!

Nuts are filling.  They are full of healthy fats that sate appetites quickly.  We do our best to stock lots of California Grown nuts like pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and almonds.  

We are really happy with roasted and salted pistachios out of the shell. These nuts taste fantastic. They appeal to those cravings for salt and crunch without resorting to potato chips. The best part is that nobody needs to clean up the shell!

Another great option is raw California Pecans.  These are really underrated. They are fantastic morning additions to oatmeals, cereals, and waffles.  They are a really healthy mid-day snack as well. These are most commonly eaten raw, so they can feel more like a health food.

California Pecans
  • Dried Fruit

Fresh fruit is amazing, but hard to stock correctly without items getting over-ripe and then thrown out.  Ultimately, nobody wants to waste food. Dried fruit has much more shelf stability. If stored properly, dried fruit can last months in the snack room.  We typically eat all of it quickly, so we don’t know exactly how long.

We recommend honey pluots.  These are one of our best kept secrets.   Some people will probably not know that this is an apricot and plum hybrid.  These pluots have the sweetness of stone fruit that you can get all year long.  These are a quick fix to feeling run down. The natural sugars are a quick pick-me-up that will give people energy to get through the afternoon.

Honey Pluots

Honey Pluots

The other crowd pleaser is our Gourmet Berry Mix.  This is a proprietary blend of cranberries, flavored cranberries, blueberries, cherries and raisins.  There is an incredible mix of flavors which has something for all tastes. This works really well sprinkled on toast with peanut butter, as an add-on to oatmeal, or as a standalone snack.

  • Chocolates

Chocolate snacks are not necessarily the first choice of nutritionists.  However, there are many recent studies about the health benefits of the flavonoids present in high quality dark chocolate.  We have high quality dark chocolate covering nuts and dried fruit.  

Our sea salt chocolate cashews are a real crowd pleaser.  The San Francisco tech company whose snack room we stock, went through a lot of these.  They ate 100o’s of pounds over just a few months.

Our other recommendation are the chocolate Razzcherries.  While razzcherries are not a real fruit, the raspberry juice infused cherry center of a dark chocolate bite is amazing.  There is a great blend of flavors with some chewy sweetness at the center. These are also great to bring to parties.

  • Bulk Trail Mixes

If you want the best of all worlds, trail mix is your answer.  We have the ability to custom blend mixes to make sure there is the right amount of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate in our mixes.  We want to make sure we each bite has the right flavor profile and mouth feel. We do have a former chef on staff to make sure all of our trail mixes can officially be gourmet.

As a supporter of sustainability, we also recommend buying nuts, dried fruit and snacks in bulk.  Having some kind of reusable container to scoop into is a huge help to start saving the planet. Please buy wholesale and save the office a bit of money at the same time.


Nuts for Your New Year Diet

A New Year’s resolution is one of those traditions that people renew despite its effectiveness last year. Every year, the most common resolutions deal with improving overall health and dieting. Napa Nuts is here to help.


 Here are our favorite reasons why your diet should include more nuts and dried fruit in 2019:

  1. Nuts make you feel more full.

    Studies are showing that the healthy fats in nuts make you feel full after just a small handful. This will cut down on all of the snacking that keeps you from hitting your weight loss goals. We recommend raw almonds and raw macadamia nuts. They are crunchy and delicious in their raw state and satisfy hunger cravings quickly.

  2.  Nuts and dried fruit are nutritious.

    We all know that dried fruit has all the nutritional value of regular fruit. Dried fruit is also more portable as you don’t have to worry about bruising. Nuts are also great for getting your body more omega-3 fatty acids and some antioxidants.

  3. They taste great.

    Dried fruit tastes so good many kids won’t realize it’s good for them. Dried fruit is a great treat that often doesn’t include any refined sugar; something else people cut from their New Year’s diets.

  4. Doctors and scientists want you to eat more nuts.

    We have our news feeds set to send us stories related to nuts and dried fruit. We frequently read stories about the health benefits of eating more nuts. Here is a recent story from Consumer Reports that is typical of most of the things we have been reading. If you see more that you want us to check out, add some links to the comments.

Basically, it is hard for us to find reasons NOT to eat more nuts and dried fruit in the new year. Enjoy your 2019!

Shelf Life for Nuts and Dried Fruit

Napa Nuts fields a lot of questions every day.  We try to answer yes as often as possible.

“Do you carry any nuts from California?”

Yes! 4 in fact, Walnuts, Pistachios, Pecans and Almonds.

“Do you have anything I would like?”

Yes! We don’t know what you like yet, but with 200 different products, we can find something.

“Are you able to send something to my niece in Minnesota?”

Yes! Just tell us what she likes and give us an address.

“How long will this last on my shelf?”

Well… This is where it gets a bit complicated.

Firstly, there are tons of variables built in to this question.  Different products will have different shelf lives. Nuts will perform differently than dried fruit on the shelf.  It really just depends.

In order to answer one of our more frequently asked questions about how long our products will last, what follows is a description of some of the factors that will affect shelf life and freshness as well as how to make sure these products will stay the freshest.

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Temperature is the most important factor.

Heat is something that will quickly degrade the longevity of any nut or dried fruit.  Roasted nuts often go stale much faster than raw products. The act of roasting, or exposing the nuts to heat, starts to release some of natural oils in the nut.  This changes the chemical makeup of the nut and makes the meat more susceptible to other factors that degrade the freshness of the nut.

Oddly enough, dried fruit needs a little bit of heat in the drying process.  This then increases the shelf life of the fruit. Once dried, however, the moisture content of the fruit is optimized for freshness.  As with fresh fruit, the water in the fruit will start to evaporate. As heat speeds up evaporation, if not stored properly, a nice chewy piece of dried fruit can quickly turn into something with more of a dry leather consistency.  

The best solution is to store your nuts and dried fruit in a refrigerator.  You will protect your product from heat, obviously, and give yourself a bit better shelf life.  As a company with no minimum order quantity for our customers, we also suggest just buying enough for your needs.  If our customer needs 5 pounds per month, we would prefer that they order a pound a week rather than risk the product going bad by week 4.   Most products last much longer than a month, but this still illustrates our general philosophy.

Oxygen and water vapor in the air is the second problem.

Nuts and dried fruit can oxidize and absorb atmospheric moisture.  This is when the fruit or nut reacts with the natural gasses in our environment.  This will cause the product to spoil and the taste will degrade.

You will notice the oxidation process most quickly with the dried fruit.  The color will quickly change from a vibrant, natural fruit color to the more brown of a piece of fruit that is way past ripe.  The flavor will start to change at this point as well. We would recommend getting something fresher at this point.

For the nuts, the change is not as obvious.  The nut’s density will change a bit. The crisp crunch will be gone and the nut will be much softer as the nut starts to absorb water and oxygen.  There will start to be some bitterness in the flavor as the nut starts to turn rancid.

We always recommend keeping your nuts and dried fruit in an airtight container. This will limit the exposure to fresh air until you want to snack.

Our Product Storage Best Practices

  • Use your fridge and freezer for better temperature control

  • Keep your nuts and dried fruit in an airtight container

  • If you can’t store your nuts and dried fruit in a fridge or freezer, store them in a cool, dry place, out of the sun

  • Only order what you are going to eat soon, although it will last for a while, get the fresh stuff more frequently