Planters mascot reaches middle age amid e-commerce push


  • Kraft Heinz’s Planters brand of nuts today released a vacation project that features an “older, better and more dapper” variation of Mr. Peanut, who this year had been reborn as Child Peanut prior to turning into a 21-year-old Peanut Jr., per an announcement shown Marketing Dive. Planters exposed in a Twitter post that Peanut Jr. has matured into a 50-year-old called Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe, or “Bart” for short.
  • The vacation campaign consists of a 30-second area illustrating an animated Bart walking through a wintry village with a talking snowman, who discusses that the vacations are “The Nuttiest Time of the Year” and a perfect celebration for giving the present of Planters nuts. Planters dealt with VaynerMedia in the area.
  • Planters also introduced the holiday-themed product on its e-commerce website, consisting of holiday sweatshirts, hats, scarves, mittens, socks, and a Nutmobile ornament, a tactic increasingly used by brand names to construct first-person relationships with consumers.


Planters chose for a light mood with its holiday-themed campaign that advises individuals to take pleasure in the spirit of providing, as Mr. Peanut matures into a middle-aged called “Bart.” While the brand name’s area shows its holiday-themed product packaging only at the end, Planters is using a series of a present product on its e-commerce website. The offering is constant with other brand names that have established clothes and antiques to appeal to their most loyal fans. Babybel cheese, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, and Sour Spot Children likewise have opened online shops to reach clients straight. Other brands, such as Frito-Lay, General Mills, and Pine-Sol, have provided to donate merchandise proceeds to charitable causes.

Planters’ intro of Bart follows last week’s launch of its holiday merchandise with a contest on social media that provided money rewards to individuals who took part in a game to spin and match the designs of the mascot’s awful holiday sweatshirt. Planters are distributing a $10,000 grand prize, along with $1,000 a day till the end of the year as part of its vacation campaign. By asking customers to enter their contact info to enter the contest, Planters can build its database of first-party details about consumers who have decided to receive advertising material from Kraft Heinz brand names. As marketers seek to enhance their ad targeting in the face of stricter consumer personal privacy laws and restrictions on online audience tracking by an innovation business, first-party data are becoming a lot more valuable.

Planters almost have come complete circle in bring back Mr. Peanut to his previous form in its year-long marketing technique that started in January in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. In a pre-game area, Mr. Peanut compromised himself to save his pals, actor Wesley Snipes and comedian Matt Walsh, after the nutmobile crashed and fell off a cliff. Out of regard for NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was eliminated in a helicopter crash with 8 others including his teenage child a week before the Super Bowl, Planters suspended the #RIPeanut project as the public state of mind soured. Mr. Peanut later was born-again as Baby Peanut and by August had grown into a Gen Zer called Peanut Jr. prepared to purchase his very first beer.

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