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Vegemite Stock-outs (and where to find now)

Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 08:08 PM

Last weekend I headed to Cost Plus in Santa Rosa to buy my first ever jar of Vegemite. Shockingly, the cupboard was bare. Well, actually, competitor Marmite, was squatting in the shelf-facing. A helpful employee checked inventory status and we discovered that every Cost Plus store from Santa Rosa to Monterey was out-of-stock and the importer’s next shipment of Vegemite would be next month.

Retailers selling on Amazon also appeared to be low on stock.

On Monday I left a message with San Francisco’s Australia Fair asking if it had Vegemite in stock. No call back.

Then I contacted the stores below and learned that they were also out-of-stock.
Mollie Stone’s
Oliver’s Market
Big John’s

I also called Sigona’s and Milk Pail and learned that they haven’t carried Vegemite.

Then a lapsed chowhound suggested Australian Products Co. in San Jose. A quick call uncovered that this appears to be Vegemite Central for the Bay Area currently, stocking a variety of Vegemite sizes (need a five-pound tub?) and Vegemite snacks too. Here’s the store's page devoted to Vegemite.

Now having tasted it, the 400g jar ($15.95) will probably last a lifetime though the Best Before date is 15 September 2013.

Australian Products Co.
3680 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95117
(408) 748-9999

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    Thomas Nash RE: Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 08:16 PM

    Vegemite is to Oz what stinky tofu is to Taipei. Both are best left at their home cultures.

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    1. re: Thomas Nash
      Melanie Wong RE: Thomas Nash Oct 26, 2012 08:30 PM

      Once again, my erudite hermano de chow, you've nailed it.

      I needed it to make this cheese and vegemite scrolls recipe.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Thomas Nash RE: Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 09:18 PM

        Did you have leftovers? Or were there enough Aussies present for the feast?

        1. re: Thomas Nash
          Melanie Wong RE: Thomas Nash Oct 27, 2012 11:15 AM

          I had one Aussie on deck. But we've postponed the Grange dinner till another time, so the Vegemite lives on another day.

          The Economist: Vegemite Abroad

          Wall Street Journal:Aussie Delicacy Vegemite Loses Some of Its Savory Appeal

          Grubstreet: How to Harness the Putrid Power of Marmite and Vegemite

          1. re: Thomas Nash
            Mission RE: Thomas Nash Oct 27, 2012 04:26 PM

            I use a bit of Vegemite in my Aussie meat pies.
            You will still need the Worcestershire sauce to make them taste right.

            Don't use Trader Joes puff pastry...its horrible.

            LA Farine sells puff pastry that is great and about the same price.

      2. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 09:07 PM

        Forgot to post this photo of the Vegemite section . . . not just a one-jar facing. Promite is also sold here.

        1. AntarcticWidow RE: Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2012 09:24 PM

          Another possible source is Mangal's Market in San Leandro. They import foods from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. It's been a couple of years since I've been but I think they do carry Vegemite as well. I prefer Marmite on buttered toast (sliced into soldiers) which are perfect for dipping into my boiled egg.

          Mangal's Market
          1699 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
          510) 352-3337


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          1. re: AntarcticWidow
            Melanie Wong RE: AntarcticWidow Oct 27, 2012 11:16 AM

            Thanks, I may need more stuff when the dinner happens eventually. I've got TimTams and Jaffa candies at the ready.

            What I'd been told by the many grocers I'd called is that their previous source of supply disappeared about a year ago and had not been replaced yet. Some of them said they would stock Vegemite again if they could find a supplier.

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