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Group facts, quotes and jokes ... Marmite


  • In the late 19th century, German scientist Justus Liebig discovered brewer’s yeast could be concentrated, bottled and eaten. Marmite as we know it began production in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The raw material was readily available from the town’s brewers.
  • The original recipe contained salt, spices and celery. Later versions of Marmite had high concentrations of folic acid, vitamin B12, thiamin and riboflavin added – vitamins that occur naturally in some foods.
  • Marmite was banned in Denmark until 2014 for containing too many vitamins.




  • ‘Mario Balotelli is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him. Me? I’m in between.’
    Joe Royle
  • ‘In England we have this saying about Marmite: people either love it or hate it. That’s like a lot of the movie work I’ve done. People either find it repulsive or find it really interesting and get engaged in it.’
    Eddie Redmayne
  • ‘Marmite – like that other little black-jar job, Bovril – is so much a Mark 1 staple-of-Empire brand, so much part of the Edwardian world of enamel advertising signs, the history of grin-and-bear-it industrial food.’
    Peter York


  • I found a piece of paper today that read: Butter; Margarine; Jam; Marmite. I think it was some sort of spreadsheet!
  • I spotted a Marmite van on the motorway … It was heading yeastbound!
  • Tim Vine: ‘I won a competition. The prize was a year’s supply of Marmite. One jar!’

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