Why you can't buy larger jars of Marmite right now

Roshina Jowaheer

From Prima

Marmite lovers have been struggling to stock up on large jars of their favourite spread and now the popular brand has revealed why you can't find them in the supermarket.

After fans of the spread took to Twitter to find out where they could source the 400g jars, Marmite explained that a brewer's yeast shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic has affected supplies.

Twitter user Tim wrote: "Hello. I need Marmite like oxygen and really need more 400g squeezy jars. Can you advise on which retailers stock those at the moment? Thank you".

Another fan Lauren tweeted: "Oh @marmite why can’t I find a squeezey jar anywhere?! Tried my local Tesco and sainsburys and nothing!! Is there a shortage I should know about?!"

Marmite responded with an explanation, writing: "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."

Brewer's yeast is a by-product of brewing beer and a key ingredient of the food spread.

As pubs have been closed during COVID-19, it has meant a shortage of the ingredient.

Meanwhile, producer of Marmite, Unilever, told the BBC that the "temporary reduction" should be resolved in supermarkets "in a month or so".

So, while you might have to make do with the 250g jars for now, it won't be long until you can stock up on the larger jars again.

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