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Bovril is a dark coloured British spread, similar to Marmite but made from beef extract instead of yeast extract.
It was first made in an attempt to feed the vast Napoleonic armies of the late 19th century. Since then Bovril has always been a favourite British condiment. It can be eaten on toast, brewed with hot water to create a hot drink and added to cooking as a substitute for stock.
Bovril is often drunk at football (soccer) matches in the cold depths of winter.
In 2004 Bovril was forced to changed its main ingredient from beef extract to yeast extract due to European laws over the use of waste beef products surrounding the Mad Cow Disease outbreak. Since 2006, when the laws were rescinded, Bovril has brought back their use of beef extract.