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 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. All jars are now made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) and we have also reduced the amount of plastic in our lids. Both the jar and the lids can be recycled – simply wash well, dry and put into your kerbside recycling bin.

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.

Marmate Merch FAQs

How long does delivery take?

Your Marmite goodies can take from 3-5 business days from dispatch. Please allow for up to 5 business days before enquiring with our consumer services team.

Should I receive a confirmation email after purchase?

Yes you should! If you haven’t received a confirmation email within 5 minutes of purchasing, be sure to check your junk emails. If there’s nothing there, please check your bank account to see if there has been a transaction. If you’d like to make an enquiry please email us at

Do you ship outside of New Zealand?

Sorry international Marmates! We currently do not offer shipping to you.

What if I change my mind?

Oh no! Unfortunately we don’t provide refunds or exchanges on change of mind purchases, so please choose carefully.

My item doesn’t fit, can I swap or get a refund?

All purchases are final. This means that unless the item(s) are faulty, we are not able to offer exchanges or refunds. Please ensure that you have carefully chosen the correct item(s).

My item is faulty what can I do?

If your item has a fault, please click here and provide the following info:

1. The order number and/or proof of purchase
2. A description of the fault
3. Clear image/s displaying the fault

Please hold on to the item/s until either a refund has been provided or you have been provided with instruction to return the item/s.

My parcel hasn’t arrived yet and it’s been more than 5 working days.

Please contact the Marmite team for assistance.

How much is shipping?

Shipping nationwide is $5.

Can I pick up from Sanitarium Head Office?

Unfortunately not :-(
All purchases and returns must be completed online.