Every Story has a Beginning…
Marmite comes into being in 1902. Peace arrives to the British Colonies with the end of the Boer War, happiness and trust is restored to the nation.
Things begin to crumble by 1909. Social circles think it fashionable to expose closely guarded secrets to gain credibility. The more precious the secret, the more rungs climbed on the ladder to high society.
In that year alone, Madame Eusapia Palladino, a famous spiritualist medium at the time is branded Madame Fakerio by the media after being exposed as a fraud. Oudini, a Houdini impersonator releases a book exposing the tricks of the most famous escape artists. Fears increased over alleged intrusion into the public’s personal lives, with dark forces being perceived to be obtaining ever-increasing amounts of private information, which in turn inspired great authors to write allegorical tales capturing the paranoia and hysteria felt throughout this period of time. The only small consolation of living in this chaotic, terrifying year was the unveiling of one of the most important inventions of the 20th century; the modern toaster.
It was against this cultural backdrop that the founders and close friends of the makers of Marmite decided to go underground with Marmite’s recipe. Burning all public documentation of Marmite’s blending and production processes, and binding those entrusted through the swearing of a solemn oath, ensuring the secret was kept and passed down to the next carefully selected generation throughout the ages.
From the day of its inception, this clandestine society went under the name of the ‘Marmarati’: hand-picked Guardians of the Marmite code, entrusted to pass on the knowledge only to those that are deemed worthy.
During the Marmarati’s 100 year celebration in 2009 it was deemed that the next line of Marmaratis would be selected from the realm of ‘The Internet’, so that the society could move into modern times safe in the knowledge that progress and tradition would be bound hand in sticky hand. The new members of the Marmarati proved their devotion with a strength and fervour rarely seen, and were rewarded with the launch of the most powerful Marmite ever made. Codenamed the ‘MXO’, later ‘Marmite XO’, this new Marmite was blended and made only by lovers; only for lovers.
The Marmarati enjoyed snacking and devouring their new blend until late 2011 whenceforth shocking allegations concerning the leader of their number, Lord Marmarati, were leaked to the Inner Sanctum. In a Marmarati Court, at which the defendent dare not show his face, grave evidence of heinous crimes was presented to the assembled throng, namely ‘Squandering Marmarati riches’, ‘Endangering the Future of XO’ and the most disgraceful of all ‘Consorting with the Marmaladi’, our orange-feasting bitter enemies.
St. John Skelton, the Master Blender of Marmite, was shortly thereafter elected as the new Lord Marmarati. His steadfast devotion to the sticky mistress, unwavering courage in the face of troubled times and steely resolve to a better future for all has lead to the creation of this new portal, welcoming old members and Marmarati prospects together under a set of skills and challenges that will reawaken the senses and share once more our glorious story with the world.
Our dark, delicious future is as yet unwritten – make it yours today!
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