Stat of the day: 20 tonnes

The amount of yeast extract - believed to be Marmite - deposited onto the M1 by an overturned lorry yesterday.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
We all know you either love it or hate it, but we’d say the majority of those travelling on the M1 (yeast-bound) around 10.15 last night were in the latter camp when a slice (nicely browned) of the motorway was closed off after a lorry over-turned, depositing 20 tonnes of yeast extract onto the tarmac – causing less a traffic jam, more a traffic Marmite.

No word yet on how much the spillage has cost the company, but the amount lost works out at about 160,000 of its 125g jars, which retail at just over £1.50. Although we reckon the Highways Agency owes Unilever, which owns Marmite, a bob or two. It should save re-surfacing that section of the motorway for a while…

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