When her company revamped its pantry, operations executive Angeline Sng, 39, found herself dropping in several times a day.

The Viacom International Media Networks employee also put on 2kg in about a year.

She says: 'I usually visit the pantry five times a day and I love snacking on the free biscuits provided.'

It is not difficult to see why.

The 100-strong staff, and guests at Viacom, which manages the MTV Asia and Nickelodeon cable TV channels, can help themselves to more than 30 types of snacks and beverages at the 600 sq ft pantry in its Lorong Chuan office.

A SundayLife! inventory check uncovered drawers crammed with instant soup packs, boxes of raisins, chocolates and sweets. There were also more than 10 flavours of cup noodles, neatly stacked in a cupboard. On the countertop were baskets of fruit, potato chips and a lollipop stand.

The stock is replenished weekly.

The pantry is also equipped with a dishwasher, rice cooker and even an air fryer, which fries food without oil.

Non-food amenities include an Xbox gaming set and a foosball table.

Mr Mike Tan, 40, Viacom's senior human resources manager, says: 'Having a well-stocked pantry is a small gesture of appreciation for the staff's hard work and, besides, employees work better with happy bellies.'

Viacom is one of several companies here which take staff welfare seriously.

Besides providing pantry requisites such as refrigerators, drink-dispensing machines and microwave ovens, some companies even provide free food for employees.

At advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather in Robinson Road, employees and guests can help themselves to free coffee made by a full-time barista. About 120 hot drinks are made daily.

At Google's office in Asia Square at Marina View, free breakfasts, lunches and to-go dinners are provided for employees at its in-house cafe, and well-stocked pantries.

Another much talked-about pantry belongs to media company Bloomberg, which is located at Capital Square in Church Street.

Staff enjoy free breakfast on weekdays and the menu includes bagels and wholemeal bread, complete with breakfast spreads such as Nutella and peanut butter.

The sleek, open-concept pantry, which was renovated last year, has three counters. Its drawers are filled with more than 40 varieties of energy bars, potato chips, dried fruit and nuts.

Bowls of fresh fruit, such as longans and oranges, are replenished daily.

The 1,200 sq ft space, which can seat about 20 people, is also stocked with eight types of cereal and is equipped with fruit juice dispensers and coffee machines. Staff and guests can help themselves, free of charge.

A spokesman says the company believes that having an open-concept pantry promotes vibrant collaboration among the staff.

She says: 'It creates a space for staff to meet regularly, and allows those who come in as early as 4am to grab a healthy bite while working in a fast-paced business environment.'

Investment bank Barclays has a 2,300 sq ft pantry, Cafe Barx, at its office at One Raffles Quay. The cafe is named after Barclays' electronic trading platform, Barx.

Inspired by its name, the cafe has a dog theme, with bone-shaped decals on pillars and stickers of paw prints on the floor.

The cafe, which is run by the Spinelli Coffee Company, offers 1,000 employees more than 15 types of coffees and teas, plus a selection of sandwiches, salads and croissants. The food and drinks cost from $1.90 for a croissant to $5 for a caramel latte.

Mr Darrell Wright, vice-president for corporate communications, 34, says: 'Having an area for staff to relax and catch up creates a sense of community and it allows them to feel refreshed before heading back to work.'

Mr Aaron Tan, 34, an assistant vice- president in sales, agrees. He says: 'It is convenient to get my caffeine fix in the morning, and I can also grab a quick takeaway lunch on my busier days.'

He adds: 'I love looking out at the partial sea view from the pantry, as this allows me to take a quiet moment from work to recharge.'