Marmite is one of those quirky food items you will encounter in millions of British homes that, along with Jaffa Cakes and sausage rolls, really have no comparable US equivalent. Marmite is a savory spread, made from yeast extract, with a dark brown color, and a consistency similar to that of axle grease. It has an intense, tangy, salty, and not particularly pleasant umami flavor. For reasons best known to the Brits, despite its unappetizing appearance and taste, it remains a popular staple of British kids snacks and picnic lunches. In recent weeks, a dispute between Tesco (a major British supermarket chain) and Unilever (the anglo-dutch multinational that makes Marmite) over price increases tied to the dramatic fall in the value of the British pound, has led to the product all-but disappearing from store shelves. Marmite is actually produced in Britain - but since its parent company publishes its financial results on overseas markets, it has raised prices to maintain margins and profits. As of this morning, the Marmite crisis appears to have been averted. But the reality remains that Brits are going to have to get used to paying sharply higher prices for many such products.