News Kiwis will love or hate: they're almost out of Marmite
Tuesday 20 March 2012
New Zealand's Marmite lovers have been told to spread sparingly as manufacturers are warning of an impending shortage of the yeast extract.
Marmite production in New Zealand has been suspended since November after the Christchurch factory which produces it was forced to close because of structural damage caused by the earthquake in February last year.
And those hoping to ship in supplies from the UK will be disappointed – the recipe in New Zealand is slightly different from the spread loved or hated across Britain.
Fans of the New Zealand version are being advised to eat the spread on toast – rather than bread – to make it go further.
"What we're recommending is toast. Because it's a little bit warmer, it spreads easier and it goes a little bit further," said Pierre van Heerden, general manager for Sanitarium, which manufactures the spread in New Zealand.
"So what we're asking consumers is maybe if they have their Marmite on toast – and ration it a little bit, maybe only have it once a day or every second day until such time as we can have full Marmite stocks back out in the marketplace again."
Speaking to Radio New Zealand yesterday morning, Mr Van Heerden said certain sizes of containers had already sold out and that last week the company sent the final stocks out to retailers.
However, he reassured customers that Marmite would return: "Everything is being done within our power to get that done and make sure we have a continued supply of Marmite to consumers of New Zealand," he said.
"We will get Marmite back – consumers don't have to worry about that or freak out about it... It will be the same product that we've all come to love."
Oscar Pistorius trial: Defence's own witness contradicts athlete's version of events
Oscar Pistorius trial: The case against Oscar Pistorius – and why the prosecution claims his story doesn't add up
South Korea ferry: Captain Lee Joon-seok could face criminal investigation as over 280 remain missing
Peaches Geldof dead: Private funeral for the family and friends of the socialite will take place next week
Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for sale...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 The Hobbit: There and Back Again set for possible title change
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Andre Johnson: Wu-Tang Clan-discovered rapper severed his penis and jumped from LA building
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...
£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...