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The name Marmite is French – it is derived from the name of a French casserole that’s pronounced as Marmeet.
Marmite as we know it today was discovered by accident during the late 19th century when German scientist Justus Liebig, found that brewer’s yeast could be preserved and then eaten. A small factory was opened in Burton-on-Trent and it took a few years to perfect the recipe.
It was originally supplied in earthenware pots but since the 1920s has been sold in glass jars. In 1990, Marmite Limited – which had become a subsidiary of Bovril Limited – was bought by CPC (United Kingdom) Limited, which changed its name to Best Foods Inc in 1998. Best Foods Inc subsequently merged with Unilever in 2000 and Marmite is now owned by Unilever.
Marmite is mainly used on toast and in sandwiches as a spread.
For more info visit www.marmite.co.uk
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