Cruise ships are well-known for their bountiful buffets of fresh food, and Domex Superfresh Growers has set sail with a new marketing emphasis to stock those ships with apples and pears.

The Yakima, Wash., company ships gala, granny smith and red and golden delicious apples, and d'anjou pears to Miami for cruise customers, said marketing and communications manager Loren Queen.

“We primarily send in a smaller piece of fruit than what you see at retail, a 125-count apple,” Queen said in a news release.

According to the release, there are about 3,300 passengers and crew members on an average size ship, consuming up to 22,000 pounds of fresh fruit and 27,500 pounds of fresh vegetables on a seven-day cruise.

“With increased awareness of their health, even while on vacation, cruisers are looking for healthy snacking options, and apples and pears offer them a convenient and familiar way to do that,” Queen said in the release.

Domex sets sail with cruise ship program

Courtesy Domex Superfresh Growers

Pallets of Domex Superfresh Growers apples await loading onto The Oasis of the Seas cruise ship on Dec. 26 in Miami. The company has focused marketing efforts on the cruise industry, with gala, granny smith and red and golden delicious apples, and d'anjou pears.