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Mar 21, 2012 08:04 AM

Marmite Shortage Shakes New Zealanders

New Zealanders are bracing for a possible shortage of their country's breakfast staple, Marmite. The dark, salty spread is a Kiwi cousin of Australian Vegemite. Marmite's manufacturer is still trying to resume production after damage from a New Zealand earthquake last year. As supplies run short, Marmite's producer is offering methods to ration the popular food.

Interesting. I happen to love the stuff.

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  1. I better buy some in Publix this weekend in case the Kiwi's buy up all the stocks in the US or jars destined for the US. Can't not have my Marmite at least once a week. (British expat in Florida).

    1. Darn, I wish I had brought a bigger pot back with me last trip over.
      Interestingly, a lot of Marmite consumers won't touch the Australian Vegemite with a 40 foot barge pole.
      & vice versa.


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      1. re: Treadmill88

        Too right I wont touch Vegemite.
        Also I would characterize Vegemite as the wayward son of British Marmite rather than Marmite being the cousin of Vegemite as the OP stated.

        1. re: Paprikaboy

          And most Americans would characterize both as..disgusting! But not me. I was taught to eat it on Ryvita spread with marge by a Perth woman.