Stash of black gold to avoid Marmageddon

Quake damage at the Sanitarium factory in Christchurch forced a shutdown. Photo /  Janna Dixon
Quake damage at the Sanitarium factory in Christchurch forced a shutdown. Photo / Janna Dixon

The earthquake took our Marmite away.

Now, in a way, it has given some back.

Six weeks ago Christchurch supermarket owner Craig Grant was forced to close the doors of his Fresh Choice supermarket in Merivale after engineers discovered part of the mall housing it was earthquake prone.

The closure was a big blow for Grant, but it had one unexpected benefit - it protected a half-pallet of Marmite ordered just before the closure and stashed safely in the supermarket's storeroom.

Jars of the favourite Kiwi spread have been flying off supermarket shelves since its maker Sanitarium announced on Monday that supplies were expected to run out in a few weeks. Quake damage at the company's factory in Christchurch forced a shutdown.

Most supermarkets have had their shelves stripped bare of Marmite - now Grant hopes he can cash in when his store re-opens, expected to be some time this week.

He reckons he has about half a pallet of the red and black jars.

- Herald on Sunday

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