Thursday, October 15, 2009


Vegemite is described on the Kraft food website as a "tasty spreadable paste made from brewer's yeast".In Terry Pratchett's 'The Last Continent' it is better described as a "salty-tasting beery brown gunk."

It's a thick, black paste that will provide a valuable source of vitamin B in the post-apocalyptic landscape because:
every home has a jar;
it doesn't need to be refrigeration;
I suspect it is largely immune to radiation; and
it is so salty that only extremophiles can survive in it so it will never go off.

The name was chosen in a national contest in 1923 and somehow it has so insinuated itself into the Australian cultural landscape that an ability to eat it on toast was considered a defining characteristic of being Australian, even though it is now owned by the big American food giant KRAFT.

Given such iconic status you'd think you'd be more careful how you treat the brand. Sinc
July this year Kraft sent out three million jars with the label "name me" and asked the public to send in their idea for the new Vegemite & cream cheese mix mmm YECH. 50,000 entries were received. A website posted the names and people began to generate the sort on-line buzz that suggested KRAFT had understood the new media and social networking.

and then KRAFT decided that the name would be

No really

the public went ballistic.

So in an effort to stem the firebombings they have now gone with VEGEMITE CHEESYBITE.

However with the internet, like Cuthulu do not call up that which you cannot put down.

Which has led to the following.


  1. Online social media contests like that are the kind of thing that we do a lot of here where I work. With 50,000 entries, it sounds like Kraft's ad agency did a bang-up job of it.

    However, iSnack 2.0 is probably the most ridiculous name for a food there is. Then again, just the fact that these people are eating the abomination known as vegemite calls their intelligence into question as it is. :oP

  2. "are eating the abomination known as vegemite" but this is Vegemite with CREAM CHEESE.

  3. ROFL. I'm not sure Cheesyscrote is any better a name than iSuck2.0. Either way it's a Godawful name for a Godawful idea.

  4. This is what you get when you get people who know NOTHING about the iconic nature of the product trying to make Vegemite 'hip', or something.

    The shit's nasty. It's useful for nothing other than toast, or varying derivatives of bread stuff, but it sits firmly planted in our psyche as a spread.

  5. Bad idea or brilliant marketing ploy, either way it has managed to get everyone talking about vegemite, hasn't it? Kraft would be very happy.

  6. Moko's pretty right..for a change.

    But really which gastronomic philistine thought of vegimite and cream cheese? Err wheres havock? HAVOCK was THIS your idea?

  7. Dr Yobbo
    I think I prefer your suggestions

    You so right, how did this end up the national spread

    Domestic Daze
    I think you may be right, any marketing fail this spectacular you have to suspect it was planned from the start. Part of the any publicty is good publicity school.

    "Where's Havock?" where he always is, in our hearts.

  8. The 'I' prefix has permeated just about a million different products over the last few months. Says a lot about the new generation does it not?

  9. I've always associated the name with vegetable termites. NOT enticing.

    Hilarious clip! How bout calling it Shmegmamite? What's wrong with that?

  10. I'm going to change my name to iBigBadAl.

    Might have to cover myself with cream cheese.

  11. NatalieV,
    Just remember it is generation i that will be choosing the nursing homes we die in. Doesn’t bode well does it.

    Heidi Germanaus
    “vegetable termites” spread - trust me that couldn’t taste worse.

    Great to have you on board iBigBadAl