19 Mar 2012

Marmite shortage spreading

9:13 am on 19 March 2012

New Zealand is facing a shortage of Marmite, prompting a warning for people to ration their supplies.

Marmite's manufacturer Sanitarium was forced to suspend operations at its Christchurch factory, the only location the savoury spread is made, due to earthquake damage.

Sanitarium says some areas could run short, but it expects things to be back to normal in mid-July.

In the meantime, the company says people should spread their Marmite on toast, rather than bread to make it go further and try to ration their daily intake.