Marmite™ FAQs

In over 100 years, we’ve fielded just about every Marmite™ question imaginable. So we’ve compiled a list of the most frequent ones below, and left out the random ones. But feel free to fire through a question here.

Is NZ Marmite™ the same as UK Marmite?

Not at all – Marmite in the United Kingdom and Marmite™ in NZ are made using different recipes and are owned by two different companies. Sanitarium owns and manufactures Marmite™ here in NZ (in Christchurch) and Unilever owns and makes Marmite in the UK.

Does Marmite™ have any meat in it?

Marmite™ has absolutely no meat in it. It’s a meat-free product and always has been.

Is Marmite™ vegan?

Yes, Marmite™ is vegan-friendly. It’s perfectly suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We couldn’t possibly let anyone miss out on our much-loved spread.

Where did Marmite™ come from?

Originally, from England. It was discovered as early as 1680 but was first manufactured for commercial purposes in 1902 in England. Sanitarium bought the rights to distribute Marmite™ in Australia and NZ back in 1908, with Marmite™ making its first appearance on NZ shelves in 1910.

Is there really any difference between Marmite™ and Vegemite?

Are you for real? Of course there is! You only have to lift the lid and smell the difference – people are divided in this age-old family dispute as to which is superior. Both have different recipes – one is proudly Australian, the other a patriotic Kiwi – that’s us, Marmite™!

Are Marmite™ jars recyclable?

Yes, definitely. The jars we use carry the recycling symbol “1” so they can be recycled.

Are Marmite™ and Vegemite both made in NZ?

Marmite™ was not only the first, but the only yeast spread made in New Zealand. Vegemite is made across the ditch.

How do I get hold of NZ Marmite™ when I’m overseas?

It’s tough, we know. Trying to get any kiwi foods you love when overseas is hard yakka, unless you’ve got the most awesomest friends and family who can send you the stuff. But we did think this website was pretty cool –

What is Marmite™ made of?

Marmite™ is a yeast extract. The yeast is concentrated and combined with our secret blend of herbs and spices in a process that develops the unique Marmite™ flavour, colour and texture that Kiwi’s have come to love. Check out the nutritional information here for a full ingredient list and nutritional breakdown.

What are the ingredients in Marmite™?

Marmite™contains yeast, sugar, salt, mineral salt (potassium chloride), colour (caramel III), corn maltodextrin, mineral (iron), vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12), herbs, spices.

Is Marmite™ suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

Yes – Marmite™ is vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Is Marmite™ gluten free?

No – Marmite™ contains derivatives of barley and wheat, both of which are gluten containing grains.

Is Marmite™ high in salt?

Yes – Marmite™ is quite high in salt. Salt is a critical ingredient in making Marmite™ a long lasting food that does not require refrigeration. One 5g serve size of Marmite™ provides 166mg of sodium. For comparison, the sodium content of one slice of bread is approximately 130 – 170mg.

What happened to the Marmite™ factory after the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake?

Sadly, the February 2011 earthquake caused structural damage to the Marmite™ factory in Christchurch. Upon receiving advice of structural engineers, and with the safety of staff of primary concern, the factory in Papanui, Christchurch was immediately closed. It took just over a year to get the factory and machinery repaired and to get production rolling again. During this time we looked at making Marmite™ elsewhere in the world but soon realised that nobody could make Marmite™ to the tried and true recipe that our trusted craftspeople in Christchurch could achieve. The great Marmite™ drought of 2012 brought out the best in Kiwis – they declared their support for the brand, joined the Marmite™  Facebook page which was set up to keep consumers informed and they waited patiently for Marmite’s return on March 20th 2013.