The Christchurch factory that produces Marmite was forced to close after the earthquakes last year. And Sanitarium has announced a Marmite shortage. Cue Marmageddon – panic-buying, empty shelves, and people selling jars of Marmite online for vast sums.
For those who don’t know, Marmite is a spread made of yeast extract. It’s black, viscous, and most definitely an acquired taste. I’m quite partial to it myself, especially spread on toasted Vogel bread. I forced some on Travis many moons ago; he was horrified by the look of it, and grossed out by the taste. And I think that’s a fairly typical reaction from those who weren’t raised with it.