Marmite was invented in 1902 © BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images
Marmite was invented in 1902 © BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

Marmite supply hit by brewer's yeast shortage

11 June 2020

Unilever brand Marmite has had to stop production of larger jars due to a shortage of brewer’s yeast, used in the production of the food product, according to a company tweet.

Marmite revealed the change in production in response to a customer asking about availability of larger 400g bottles of the savoury spread.

The company responded from its twitter account this week that it was currently only producing 250g jars of Marmite.

“…due to brewers yeast being in short supply (one of the main ingredients in Marmite) supplies of Marmite have been affected.

“As a temporary measure we have stopped production of all sizes apart from our 250g size jar which is available in most major retailers.”

The yeast in the Marmite is a byproduct of the beer brewing process. However, there has been a reduction in its availability during the Covid-19 crisis, when brewers reduced or stopped production when pubs and bars had to shut during lockdown.

Marmite, now owned by global food and consumer goods firm Unilever, was conceived in 1902, and the Marmite Food Factory opened a factory in Burton-on-Trent in the UK.

News that production had been affected by the yeast shortage was met with dismay from fans of the food, prompting Marmite to reassure them that the impact was only temporary, tweeting:

“No need to panic lovers! Marmite full range should be back on the supermarket shelves soon.”

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