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Marmite No Longer In Short Supply In New Zealand

NPR
Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Marmageddon is the term coined by the media to describe the shortage of Marmite in New Zealand, which resulted after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch damaged the country's only Marmite factory. After many delays, the factory has reopened. Love it or hate it, the dark brown spread made from yeast extract is back on store shelves.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business today is: the end of Marmageddon.

That's the term coined by the media to describe the shortage of Marmite in New Zealand, which resulted after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch damaged the country's only Marmite factory.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, after many delays, the Marmite factory has reopened. And love it or hate it, the dark brown spread made from yeast extract is back on the shelves. Even the prime minister is rejoicing. He thanked his fellow New Zealanders for waiting patiently for the return of what he called the black gold.

MONTAGNE: Yes. There they love it. New Zealanders still can't have all the Marmite they want. Some supermarkets are limiting customers to just two jars - Steve, just two jars of Marmite...

INSKEEP: I got to spread it out, so to speak. Anyway.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: ...because of the high demand. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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