Posted by Dale Buss on December 14, 2012 05:01 PM
If ever a non-alcohol brand has been associated with partying, it's Tostitos. The brand always promotes itself heavily for Super Bowl consumption and sponsors its own college-football bowl game, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, every year, including a campaign last year.
The Frito-Lay-owned sibling brand of Doritos also has associated itself with "homecomings" for U.S. military members over the last few years.
So now Tostitos, as you can follow along on its Facebook page, has joined those interests into a huge new promotion that combined partying and homecoming. It sponsored a football-field "surprise party" for selectd U.S. military veterans who only thought they had shown up to play a flag-football game for charity.
Instead, the 28 unsuspecting service men and women were greeted at the Cerritos College stadium near Los Angeles by more than 12,000 "fans", legendary college coaches Urban Meyer and Bobby Bowden, NFL veterans Kurt Warner and Marcus Allen, actors Owen Wilson and Eric Stonestreet, and chart-topping band Gym Class Heroes. And they all had their roles in the game.
Made possible through a partnership with Got Your 6 and the Pat Tillman Foundation charities, the Tostitos Homecoming Party Bowl will be highlighted during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl telecast on ESPN on January 3 and, of course, across social media.
"The Tostitos brand is all about making anytime party time, and we couldn't think of a better reason to throw a party than to thank the men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifice overseas," said Tony Matta, Frito-Lay's CMO. We'll munch to that.