Where did all the Marmite go?


Marmite-lovers have taken to social media expressing their concern after noticing a big shortage in stores.

The popular spread is made from concentrated yeast extract, a byproduct from brewing beer. 

Because of the lockdown restrictions, alcohol producers weren’t permitted to operate.

The makers of the yeast-extract spread recently took to social media to announce that production had been affected by a shortage in brewers’ yeast. As a temporary measure they had stopped production of all sizes of Marmite except for the 250g jar.

Manufacturing executive of foods at PepsiCo SSA, Mandy Murphy, said the last five months have been tough at their factory. They were unable to procure any spent yeast. This was because two of their key suppliers of yeast in South Africa, the AB-Inbev and Heineken breweries, were not permitted to operate.

When can we expect Marmite to be back on store shelves?

Production of the 125g jars re-started in mid-September. The larger 250g jars were added in the first week of October.

But production is not yet at full capacity, and it will still take some time before stocks reach stores. 

“Starting in November, Marmite will kick off a brand-new Marmite Mavericks campaign where South African Marmite lovers stand a chance to design the next limited edition label.” – Mandy Murphy

The campaign will celebrate the return of the mighty Marmite.


Did you know:

Marmite was invented in 1902 by the German scientist Justus Liebig. He realised that brewers’ yeast could be concentrated to create a meaty food flavouring. 

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