Marmite Story

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THE BIRTH OF MARMITE

Back in the 19th century before Marmite was even called Marmite it was discovered by a chap named Justus Von Liebig, he found that brewer’s yeast could be concentrated and bottled and eaten. Well it does take all sorts.

 

MORE RECENT YEARS

In 1990, Marmite Limited – which had become a subsidiary of Bovril Limited – was bought by CPC International Inc, CPC later changed name to Bestfoods and subsequently merged with Unilever in 2000. Marmite however kept its name and never changed recipes, it would seem yeast paste is not as complicated as business.

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THE JAR

The image on the jar shows a Marmite. Marmite is a French term for a large covered earthenware or metal cooking pot. That’s about as un-British as Marmite will ever get.

Originally British Marmite was supplied in earthenware pots but since the 1920’s its been sold in the bulbous glass jars we are familiar with today.

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MARMITE IS RICH

…in vitamin B complex, is a source of folic acid and has historically been used for remedial purposes.

During the war, as your granddad may tell you, Marmite was given as rations to the troops and the vitamins kept them in top condition.

These days you’re more likely to find it smuggled away in a suitcase rather than in ration packs…but that’s not to say it doesn’t serve the same nurturing purpose.

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