What: Avocados from Mexico made another big splash with its fourth Super Bowl ad.
Why it matters: Rather than launching a specific product, AFM highlighted the versatility of avocados and looked to connect with consumers on a broader scale.

The usual Super Bowl mix of commercials has beer, movies, some tech and… Avocados. Yes, Avocados From Mexico (AFM) returned to the multi-million dollar ad extravaganza for the fourth consecutive year, trying to find its way among the big brands during the world’s most-watched sporting event.

Avocados From Mexico (@AvosFromMexico), the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association (MHAIA), again used not just the Super Bowl spot, but future NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) as a spokesperson, to amplify their message during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis.

The spot, tagged #GuacWorld, landed in the middle of USA Today’s Ad Meter for the game, at 33, ahead of bigger spends for traditional brands like Tide, CocaCola and Michelob Ultra. However the goal for AFM is to be in the game and engage with consumers going forward for event in 2018, not for launching one product.

“The strategy of a business like Avocados for Super Bowl is different than a traditional consumer brand,” said veteran marketer Chris Lencheski. “People on Super Bowl Sunday actually have their product in hand already. It’s a reminder to the consumer that Avocados are different and should be a staple going forward and in that vein the ad becomes a launching point for the rest of the spring, when people are thinking parties and healthy snack alternatives. It’s a big spend, but one that works for them to cut through the clutter.”

Bringing Gonzalez, who starred in the NFL for over a dozen years with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, into the mix during Super Bowl week as their spokesman also gave AFM an added media boost.

“Over the past three years, our groundbreaking Big Game campaigns have been an overwhelming success,” said Alvaro Luque, president of Avocados From Mexico. “This year, we are excited to further build on that momentum with another integrated campaign that reminds consumers that avocados are a highly versatile and great tasting fruit, perfect both inside and outside the bowl – from sandwiches to burritos to wraps and salads.”

AFM launched its first Super Bowl ad in 2015, bringing the world “Draft Day,” a humorous, star-studded spot depicting Mexico as the origin for the avocado during a pre-historic, football-styled “first draft ever” of plants and animals. In 2016 they unveiled “Bounty of Earth,” a hilarious, out-of-this-world experience set in an interplanetary museum where aliens highlighted how the Mexican avocado is “Always in Season,” among other unique Earthly treasures. In their 2017 ad, “#AvoSecrets,” a secret society leader is troubled, as humankind figures out that Avocados From Mexico have good fat – a precious secret the society is supposed to protect.

Bringing Gonzalez, who starred in the NFL for over a dozen years with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, into the mix during Super Bowl week as their spokesman also gave AFM an added media boost. Although not in the spot, Gonzalez, now an analyst for FOX Sports, was able to weave the AFM messages into multiple appearances in and around Radio Row at the Mall of America, using his own Avocado recipes as a hook around the football talk. That gave AFM an even bigger presence in smaller markets around the Big Game, and extended their media exposure well beyond just the spot, which debuted midway through Sunday’s game on NBC.

There is always risk with a massive one time spend for nontraditional brands during Super Bowl. But by combining with a spokesperson prior and then using the ad to amplify a bigger play into the social world for the spring and summer, Avocados From Mexico is able to score where other brands fail; by being in the Super Bowl conversation, and presenting an opportunity to its partners that keeps the product top of mind and growing as consumer choose snacks for the spring.



Joe Favorito has over 32 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business. The Brooklyn, New York native has managed the day-to- day activities in strategic communications for: Two of the world’s hallmark sports and entertainment brands (the New York Knickerbockers and Philadelphia 76ers), the world’s largest professional sport for women (the WTA Tour), the world’s largest sports National Governing Body (the United States Tennis Association) and the world’s largest annual sporting event (the US Open). He also oversaw the strategic planning, investor relations, communications and digital business development of the International Fight League during its two year run as a Mixed Martial Arts venture and a publicly traded company. Favorito serves on the boards of the Weinstein Carnegie Group, New York Sports Venture Capital, the National Sports Marketing Network, the Drexel University Sports Business program, and Columbia University’s Sports Management program (where he is an instructor in Strategic Communications and Director of Industry Relations). Joe also maintains a well trafficked blog on the sports marketing and publicity field, “Sports Marketing and PR Roundup,” on the website joefavorito.com, as well authoring the first- ever text on the sports publicity industry (“Sports Publicity” published in August 2007 by Reed Elsevier and updated in 2012 by Taylor Publishing with a third printing coming in 2018), which is used in over 60 sports management programs in the U.S. He has been a guest speaker on sports marketing, social media and communications at a host of institutions, including Princeton University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the University of Florida Law School, New York University, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and many others. He is also a frequent spokesperson on the industry for publications ranging from Ad Age and The New York Times to NPR and CBS News. A graduate of Fordham University, Joe, his wife and two children reside in River Vale, New Jersey.

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