In 1945, returning World War II veteran Phillip Sollomi opened a family-style chicken restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. “The Wish-Bone®” was open for business.


A recipe for success

The restaurant was an immediate success, but it was in 1948 that the Wish-Bone found its true calling. That year Phil debuted his mother’s then-little-known salad dressing from a recipe brought from her native Sicily.

Customers fell in love right there.

As demand grew, Phil began mixing the dressing in a 50-gallon drum, bottling it up as fast as they could pour it. But not before his mother would slap on its unmistakable label: “The Kansas City Wish-Bone® Famous Italian-Style Dressing.”

Never far from home

Word of Wish-Bone® Italian spread throughout the heartland. And in 1957, Phil sold the business to Lipton. But his family’s tradition of authentic ingredients and exceptional flavor remains alive as ever.


1945 The Wish-Bone ® restaurant opens in Kansas City.

1948 The classic Wish-Bone ® Italian dressing is added to the menu and is an instant hit.

1958 TJ Lipton purchases the Wish-Bone ® business from Phil Sollomi

1960s The Wish-Bone ® brand expands geographically

1970 Wish-Bone ® Salad Dressing becomes the #1 brand of Italian dressing – a position it has maintained ever since

1980s Wish-Bone ® Lite line introduced

1995 Wish-Bone ® Salad Dressing begins using the “World’s Most Colorful Taste” tagline

1998 The “Marinating 1-2-3” television campaign is launched

1999 The Vinaigrettes line is launched nationally

2000 The Just 2 Good! ® line of products is launched

2002 Dressing & Marinade line is launched

2003 The Ranch-Up! ® line is launched as popularity of Ranch dressings grows

2004 Ranch-Up! ® Light is launched

2006 Wish-Bone ® Salad Spritzers ® Vinaigrette Dressings line of sprayable salad dressings are launched

2006 Light Vinaigrettes are introduced to the world

2007 4 new Salad Spritzers ® flavors are launched

2008 Wish-Bone ® Bountifuls ® is launched with 4 new flavors, and 2 new Salad Spritzers ® flavors are launched

2011 Wish-Bone ® Salad Dressing launches a more eco-friendly bottle that uses up to 20% less plastic than the previous bottle.

2011 High fructose corn syrup is removed from the core line of Wish-Bone ® dressings.

2012 Three bold-tasting Ranches are launched, including Wish-Bone ® Buffalo Ranch made with Frank’s ® RedHot ® sauce. (Frank’s ® RedHot ® is a registered trademark of Reckitt Benckiser)

2013 Pinnacle Foods Inc purchases Wish-Bone® from Unilever Foods.