Plant Protein is “The Next Big Thing” in New Wonderful Pistachios Campaign Featuring Tony Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wonderful® Pistachios launched a new marketing campaign titled “The Next Big Thing” with commercials starring Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and world-class weightlifter and Olympic athlete Kendrick Farris; both of whom follow a plant-based diet. The multimillion-dollar campaign strengthens the brand’s association with plant protein, a connection it has been building for several years through various initiatives to reach both the nutrition community and consumers.

As insights around plant protein continue to mount, Wonderful Pistachios sees this campaign as an opportunity to reach the increasing number of people who are at a crossroads of two distinct shifts; wanting to eat less meat and wanting to increase their daily protein intake. Containing six grams of plant protein per serving, Wonderful Pistachios simultaneously meets both these needs in one healthy and delicious snack.

Six different comedic commercials feature either Tony Gonzalez or Kendrick Farris eating Wonderful Pistachios as their go-to source for plant protein. And while getting protein from plants might sound strange to some, the spots highlight it’s not as strange as some of the things people in their respective sports used to do in the past: weightlifters wearing leotards in the 1980s, football players playing without a mouthguard in the 1940s, and the awkward position of the football goalpost in the 1970s (in front of the endzone). Overall, the campaign shows sports have evolved and one of those changes is the evolution of protein consumption.

“Partnering with exceptional athletes to spread awareness for Wonderful Pistachios has been a key part of our brand identity for years and we’re especially excited to work with both Tony Gonzalez and Kendrick Farris because they’re also aligned with our greater mission to spread awareness about Wonderful Pistachios as a source of plant protein,” said Adam Cooper, senior vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. “Snacking is a big opportunity for plant protein, whether you’re watching football or satisfying a mid-day craving, and this new campaign spreads that message in a fun way.”

“It’s great when I get to work with brands that organically fit with my lifestyle,” said Tony Gonzalez. “As a former professional athlete who ate a plant-focused diet, I’ve learned to listen to my body and be mindful of my nutritional intake, especially during snack time. Wonderful Pistachios pack the protein punch I need throughout my day, and have always been a part of my healthy diet.”

Debuting on television, “The Next Big Thing” is the brand’s first campaign to feature both classic in-shell pistachios and No Shells. Airing on TV throughout football season, the campaign is also timed to the holidays, a key selling period for Wonderful Pistachios and when consumers are making health-focused New Year’s resolutions. Digital and social media, print, in-store POS, FSIs, and public relations will support the campaign as well, and will reach consumers throughout the year.

“Wonderful Pistachios has a long history of being a go-to snack for football fans, but learning that plants, like Wonderful Pistachios, are the go-to-source of protein for some of our favorite football players, like Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, can be a bit of a revelation,” said Bobby Pearce, chief creative officer, Wonderful Agency. “This campaign brings to life in a fun and humorous way what plant protein enthusiasts like Tony Gonzalez and Kendrick Farris have known all along about the benefits of plant protein.”

As a supporter of plant-based eating patterns, Wonderful Pistachios made its foray into plant protein education in April 2019 with its debut Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership Symposium which gathered the nation’s foremost plant-based nutrition experts to discuss emerging trends on the topic. Earlier this month, the brand hosted an educational virtual seminar for nutritionists and retail partners, led by Christopher Gardner, PhD, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

Wonderful Pistachios No Shells is available in Roasted & Salted, Lightly Salted, Chili Roasted, and Honey Roasted. In-shell varieties include Roasted & Salted, Lightly Salted, No Salt, Natural Raw, Salt & Pepper, and Sweet Chili. Various packaging sizes are available to fit different snacking needs, including grab-and-go, for me, for us and social snacking.

For more information about Wonderful Pistachios, “The Next Big Thing” campaign, or to view current and past commercial spots, please visit, Facebook at /WonderfulPistachios, and Instagram at @WonderfulPistachios.

Wonderful Pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios is the world’s largest vertically integrated pistachio processor and marketer. Grown in California’s Central Valley, our nuts are Non-GMO Project Verified, providing a smart, healthy choice for consumers around the world. Our nuts can be found in stores nationwide and online under the flagship brand Wonderful® Pistachios. For more, visit:, or follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Wonderful Pistachios is part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $5 billion company, which also has iconic brands such as Wonderful® Halos®, FIJI® Water, POM Wonderful®, JUSTIN® Wine, and Teleflora®. To learn more about The Wonderful Company, visit, or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To view the current Corporate Social Responsibility report, visit

The Wonderful Company

Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Wonderful Company is a privately held $5 billion company dedicated to harvesting health around the world through its iconic consumer brands. The company’s 10,000 employees worldwide are committed to bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, most wholesome pistachios, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful bouquets that are sure to touch the heart. This commitment is reflected in the company’s market share: Wonderful Pistachios® is America’s No. 1 tree nut and America’s fastest-growing snack; Wonderful® Halos® is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America; POM Wonderful® is the No. 1 100% pomegranate brand in America; FIJI® Water is America’s No. 1 premium imported bottled water brand; JUSTIN® Wine has the No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon in California; and Teleflora® is the world’s leading floral delivery service.

The Wonderful Company’s connection to consumers has health at its heart and giving back at its core. The company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $1 billion invested in environmental sustainability; $65 million in charitable giving, education initiatives, and innovative health and wellness programs each year; and $143 million toward the construction of two charter school campuses in California’s Central Valley.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and its core values, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To view the current Corporate Social Responsibility report, visit