What has happened to a tray of one of the world's rarest breakfast spreads?
That's what's being asked at Nurse Maude Hospital & Hospice in Merivale after a tray of Marmite sachets disappeared from one of their kitchens on Tuesday.
The New Zealand breakfast favourite, which once lined supermarket shelves, has become a rare commodity after earthquake damage to Sanitarium's Papanui factory which has seen production of the spread suspended for several months.
It is expected to be back on shelves in November.
Nurse Maude Hospital & Hospice general marketing manager Sue Bramwell told The Star yesterday she was adamant foul play was not behind the disappearance of the tray of about 30-40 sachets.
It was simply a case of missing Marmite, she said.
Ms Bramwell said it was likely someone had used the Marmite to make toast for a patient and hadn't returned the tray to the kitchen.
"We don't think they've been stolen. It'll be somewhere here."