Good/bad news: Now coronavirus has caused a Marmite shortage

Bad news for fans of salty spread on their toast: Marmite production is struggling due to a shortage of brewers yeast.

We’re currently unable to buy big jars of Marmite’s yeasty spread because, as the brand confirmed on Twitter, the product is only being released in the smaller 250g jar as a temporary measure due to yeast being in short supply.

No, it’s not because everyone’s rushing to make their own sourdough.

As the name suggests, brewers yeast is made by beer brewers, who have slowed and in some cases stopped production because coronavirus and resulting lockdown has caused the closure of pubs. No pubs means no beer being made, and no beer means no brewers yeast.

Over on Twitter, Marmite responded to a desperate plea for the larger 400g squeezy jars by writing: ‘Hi Tim, due to brewers yeast being in short supply (one of the main ingredients in Marmite) Supplies of Marmite have been affected.

‘As a temporary measure we have stopped production of all sizes apart from our 250g size jar which is available in most major retailers.’

This means that for now, you can’t buy your preferred 70g jar, 500g jar, or 400g squeezy jar of Marmite.

But the good news is that the 250g jar remains in production and available at your usual retailer. So if you’re desperate for large quantities of the tar-like substance, you can always just… buy more than one jar.

Other good news is that Unilever, the makers of Marmite, has said the production issue is only temporary and should be resolved ‘in a month or so’.

In short, and for reassurance: we’ll get through this. And if you’re really struggling without Marmite, you can always make do with the delicious/horrifying Marmite peanut butter concoction.

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