Marmite – a dark, thick, yeast extract spread from Unilever – is made from concentrated yeast extract: a by-product from brewing beer. With brewers cutting back on production during the coronavirus pandemic – mainly as a result of shutdowns in the UK on-trade – the availability of this by-product has been affected.
“Due to brewer's yeast being in short supply (one of the main ingredients in Marmite) supplies of Marmite have been affected,” wrote the brand on Twitter.
“As a temporary measure we have stopped production of all sizes apart from our 250g size jar which is available in most major retailers.”
Hi Tim, due to brewers yeast being in short supply (one of the main ingredients in Marmite) Supplies of Marmite have been affected.— Marmite (@marmite) June 10, 2020
As a temporary measure we have stopped production of all sizes apart from our 250g size jar which is available in most major retailers.
A household British brand, Marmite was conceived in 1902 and is made in Burton-on-Trent.
It is well-known for its 'You either love it or you hate it' slogan.
It's every man for himself pic.twitter.com/Il44iTt6xy— Tim Robey (@trim_obey) June 11, 2020
Marmageddon— The Tainui Kid (@lindajos) June 10, 2020
What. Is this a joke. It’s not funny. I only have three jars in reserve. #ineedmarmite— niki kirke (@ozymandias57) June 10, 2020
https://t.co/tGf6aSFbOc Everyone in the UK needs to immediately step away from the wine, the gin, the vodka, etc., and concentrate on the BEER. This is your duty as a citizen and vital for the survival of our civilisation. #marmite#civicduty— E Smith (@IKnowSmithy) June 11, 2020
@Vegemite that's your chance to conquer the British market!— Dystopianfuture (@Dystopianfutur1) June 11, 2020
Ode to @marmite— Tony Frobisher Ⓥ (@vegpedaller) June 11, 2020
I've run out
Of black liquid gold
I've got the shakes
My blood's running cold
For tomorrow I search
In every shop & store
There better be Marmite
Or it'll be all out war
Give me this day
My daily spread
Nowt else'll do
Only Marmite on bread
Wish me luck #marmitepic.twitter.com/D7xtptyRgt
The good news is that Marmite assures consumers it will do its best to get the full range back on shelves as soon as possible.
Rest assured, your Marmite love hasn’t gone unnoticed and we’ve been keeping up to match Lovers’ demand. Marmite full range should be back on the supermarket shelves soon.— Marmite (@marmite) June 12, 2020