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Coronavirus Has Caused A Marmite Shortage And People Are Hating It

Coronavirus Has Caused A Marmite Shortage And People Are Hating It

If you're a Marmite lover, we're sorry to say we've got news that is going to shake you to the core.

It has just emerged that the brown sticky spread is currently in short supply as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with stocks of one ingredient so low that they've had to stop making the big jars altogether.

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The issue is that Marmite is made with brewers yeast, which is by-product of the beer brewing industry.

But, seeing as restaurants and bars have been shut for so many weeks, there is currently a national shortage of the stuff, with many factories on pause or running at a much slower pace than normal.

The news first broke on Twitter, after one Marmite super-fan, named Tim, quizzed the brand on where all the large jars were gone.


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"@marmite hello. I need Marmite like oxygen and really need more 400g squeezy jars. Can you advise on which retailers stock those at the moment?," he wrote.

To which the spread makers replied: "Hi Tim, 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."

Say it ain't so!

Looks like you'll have to stick to a small jar for now (Credit: Marmite)
Looks like you'll have to stick to a small jar for now (Credit: Marmite)

Naturally, some people loved the Marmite news, and some hated it.

"Just when you think the year couldn't get any worse....," one Marmite addict wrote in response to their tweet.

While another concerned shopper said: "I cannot exist without Marmite. Seriously. I eat lashings of the stuff. ⁦@marmite"

"Some good news at last", another Twitter user penned, as a fourth teased: "@Vegemite that's your chance to conquer the British market!"

It looks like we're going to have to start rationing our Marmite until further notice...

Featured Image Credit: Marmite

Topics: Tasty Food, Coronavirus, Tasty

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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