Not-so-secret Marmite stash revealed

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 15:15 18/07/2012
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There are few remaining bastions of Marmite left in this country, but one stoic wholesaler has managed to outlast the rest.

Toops is down to its last remaining boxes of the yeast spread, although only the dedicated would be rushing out to get these ones. Each of the 96 boxes at the Palmerston North store contain 48 little plastic tubs which contain an individual serve.

A Toops spokeswoman said they were "going out the door quickly".

One of those to resort to the individual packs was Kapiti Coast resident Hannah Henderson.

She enlisted her cousin, who lives near Palmerston North to get her a "crate" (which contains about 300 serves).

Henderson said when her household Marmite supply ran out she first tried to lie to her children and get them onto Vegemite. It turned out they were not to be deceived.

"I tried the boys on Vegemite (one is four and the other is two), and two-year-old Joe said suspiciously 'is this Marmite?'

"I lied and said it was and that it was delicious. He then threw it at me and said 'you eat it then'. The next time I tried to give him Vegemite he gave the toast back and asked me to wash it off."

Henderson said she had gotten used to spreading it thinly which was a good thing, as Sanitarium announced last month that production would be halted until October.

Marmite has been a scarce commodity since production stopped back in March when the Christchurch factory had to undergo earthquake repairs.

It was expected to pick up again this month, but more earthquake damage was discovered in June which pushed out the date another three months.

Sanitarium General manager Pierre van Heerden said it was frustrating.

"Further deconstruction of a part of the factory, next to where the Marmite plant is located, is required to strengthen the building.

"I know everyone is putting in a mighty effort to get Marmite back on the shelf as quickly as possible, and we will continue working closely with our engineers and the authorities."

Do you have a secret stash of Marmite, or have you found a new favourite spread?

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