Marmite vs. Vegemite

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Marmite and Vegemite is that the Marmite is a brand of condiment made from yeast extract and Vegemite is a savoury spread

  • Marmite

    Marmite ( MAR-myte) is a food spread made from yeast extract invented by German scientist Justus von Liebig and originally made in the United Kingdom. It is a by-product of beer brewing and is produced by Dutch-British company Unilever. Other similar products include the Australian Vegemite (the name of which is derived from that of Marmite), the Swiss Cenovis, the Brazilian Cenovit and the German Vitam-R. Marmite has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1919 under license, but with a different recipe, see “Marmite (New Zealand)”. That product is the only one sold as Marmite in Australasia and the Pacific, whereas elsewhere in the world the European version predominates. The product is notable as a vegan source of B vitamins, including supplemental Vitamin B12. South Africa also produces both a bottled, long-life and a fresh full-cream cheese spread, flavoured with Marmite. [1]; [2]

    Marmite is a sticky, dark brown food paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, that is extremely salty. This distinctive taste is represented in the marketing slogan: “Love it or hate it.” Such is its prominence in British popular culture that the product’s name is often used as a metaphor for something that is an acquired taste or tends to polarise opinions. Marmite is a commonly used ingredient in dishes as a flavouring, as it is particularly rich in umami due to its very high levels of glutamate (1960 mg/100g).The image on the front of the jar shows a marmite (French: [maʁmit]), a French term for a large, covered earthenware or metal cooking pot. Marmite was originally supplied in earthenware pots but since the 1920s has been sold in glass jars.

  • Vegemite

    Vegemite ( VEJ-i-myte) is a thick, dark brown Australian food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives. It was developed by Cyril Callister in Melbourne, Victoria in 1922. The Vegemite brand was owned by Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods Inc.) until January 2017, when it was acquired by the Australian Bega Cheese group in a US$460,000,000 (equivalent to about $480,000,000 in 2019) agreement for full Australian ownership after Bega would buy most of Mondelez International’s Australia and New Zealand grocery and cheese business.A spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits as well as a filling for pastries, Vegemite is similar to British Marmite, New Zealand Marmite, Australian Promite, MightyMite, AussieMite, OzEmite, German Vitam-R, and Swiss Cenovis.

    Vegemite is salty, slightly bitter, malty, and rich in glutamates – giving it an umami flavour similar to beef bouillon. It is vegan, kosher, and halal.

  • Marmite (noun)

    A rounded earthenware cooking pot.


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