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New Zealand's Olympic Athletes Go For The...Marmite

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. New Zealand's Olympians have some extra motivation to win a medal: they are also competing for marmite. New Zealand's only marmite maker was shut down in an earthquake, but one grocery chain found a stash and is awarding jars of the yeast-based spread to any Kiwi athlete who wins a medal. You'd think they could get their fill in London, where marmite is as common as peanut butter. Turns out New Zealand's got its own special recipe. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.