CPH Post

National

Marmite on the brink of a spectacular comeback

Risk assessment application currently being processed


Get in!!! Internationals in Denmark could be getting their precious Marmite back on their breakfast tables in the near future (Photo: Marmite Facebook page)

August 18, 2014
17:19

by Christian Wenande


Britain’s favourite savoury spread Marmite could be on the verge of making a triumphant return to Danish food shelves after a British expat launched a risk-assessment application to be able to market Marmite in Denmark.

Anette Flensborg, a nutrition consultant with the food authorities, Fødevarestyrelsen, confirmed to the Copenhagen Post that an application was being processed, and although she wouldn’t comment further on the particular case, it did look promising in terms of statistics.

“Out of the about 120 cases we process every year, around 92 percent are approved," Flensborg revealed. "But we have to check the security and we do so by a case-by-case point."

Brits and many other internationals in Denmark shed a collective tear back in 2011 when the Danish food authorities ruled that Marmite spread could no longer be marketed in Denmark because it contained the added vitamin B 12.

But David Darlington, a British expat who has imported and supplied British and American food products to Danish supermarkets for the past 13 years via his Randers-based company Food From Home, is doing his best to get Marmite back into the hands of his countrymen. So far, his journey has been an uphill struggle.

READ MORE: Life after Marmite: leaving nostalgia behind to reflect changing tastes

The winds of change
According to Fødevarestyrelsen, the “addition of vitamins, minerals and other substances need to be approved by the authority before the product can be marketed in Denmark”.

Hence, any company that wishes to sell Marmite has to fork out 8,900 kroner just to apply for a risk-assessment to be performed by Fødevarestyrelsen, and if it is approved, the permission only counts for the company that paid for the assessment.

“If any other companies wish to apply to sell Marmite, then they too must pay 8,900 kroner to have exactly the same risk assessment carried out,” Darlington said.

“Now, hang on a minute. 20 companies x 8,900 kroner each, that’s a lot of money. Now they're using bloody Marmite to milk money out of people.”

Fødevarestyrelsen informed the Copenhagen Post that this was indeed the standard practice at the moment, but that it was working on simplifying the rules so that everyone could take advantage of one product’s assessment approval.

READ MORE: Cinnamon rolls under threat from EU legislation

Where's Unilever?
Darlington was equally furious that Marmite’s British-Dutch producer Unilever isn’t stepping up to the plate to help its loyal customers in Denmark get their hands on their beloved savoury spread.

“Is it fair, that David Darlington, a humble British expat from Liverpool, should be expected to foot this outrageous 8,900 kroner bill to market and sell Unilever's precious Marmite in Denmark?” he asked in disbelief.

“What about Unilever? They are a multi-billion pound organisation, with hundreds of products sold worldwide, which in the end will be benefiting very nicely from David Darlington's financial investment.”

Darlington has tried for years to touch base with Unilever to get answers to these questions, but he has finally given up after scores of unanswered emails, voicemails and telephone messages. “We’re too small for them to care,” he maintains.

So he has gone it alone on behalf of the British community in Denmark, even though his 8,900-kroner investment could vanish into thin air should Fødevarestyrelsen reject his application. But for him, it’s a principle issue now.

“Against the advice of my accountant and many other networkers, I have decided that the time has come for me to surrender to the powers that be and dig deep into my own pocket on behalf of poor old Unilever.”



Related stories



Latest Comments

Is Schengan german for Schmuck?

(Jon Paris King on November 16, 2014 22:25)

She's very annoying, snobby, and i love her

(Dave Darlington on November 16, 2014 21:20)

I find that your article has the beginnings of a sluggish government who...

(Nickolaus Hendel on November 16, 2014 16:28)

Come on, stop these sham paid articles. reality is totally the opposite of...

(Sri Iyer on November 16, 2014 14:59)

(Not) sorry to say, but freedom of speech and freedom of expression laws were...

(Hunter McCann on November 16, 2014 14:11)

Video from the performance here...

(Uwe Max Jensen on November 16, 2014 10:40)

"Underwear is not supposed to be funny" Ok, so perhaps it's supposed to be...

(Jens Rost on November 15, 2014 23:51)

Add the Faroe Islands and Greenland to the list as independant members in the...

(Elias Guðjónsson on November 15, 2014 20:14)

A Simple question:- Calling highly qualified people for fulfilling the...

(Lila Devi Gautam Ghimire on November 15, 2014 13:39)

I`m sure that the teachers are pissed off because now they have to work for...

(Jon Paris King on November 15, 2014 12:53)