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Bovril (250 g jar)
InventorJohn Lawson Johnston
Inception1889; 135 years ago (1889)
ManufacturerBovril Company
Current supplierUnilever

Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick and salty meat extract paste, similar to a yeast extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston. It is sold in a distinctive bulbous jar and as cubes and granules. Bovril is owned and distributed by Unilever UK. It looks and tastes like British Marmite and its Australian equivalent Vegemite but it is not vegetarian.

Bovril can be made into a drink (referred to in the UK as a "beef tea") by diluting with hot water or, less commonly, with milk.[1] It can be used as a flavouring for soups, broth, stews or porridge, or as a spread, especially on toast in a similar fashion to Marmite and Vegemite.[2]


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  1. "Try Bovril and milk (advert)". The Sydney Mail. 1 July 1931. p. 23.
  2. Wainwright, Martin. "Bovril drops the beef to go vegetarian". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2018. In Malaysia they stir it into porridge and coffee