Cenovis is a product based on yeast extract similar to Marmite and Vegemite, rich in vitamin B1. In the form of a dark brown food paste, it is used to flavour soups, sausages and salads. The most popular way to consume Cenovis, however, is to spread it on a slice of buttered bread, as stated on the product's packaging.
Cenovis is popular in Switzerland, (particularly Romandy). It was developed in Rheinfelden in 1931, on the initiative of a master brewer called Alex Villinger, and was subsequently produced by the company Cenovis SA.
The company presents the following story behind Cenovis:
"In 1931, a brewer recycled the yeast used for the fermentation of beer: vegetal substances very rich in vitamin B1. After several tests, the product was perfected and a group of Swiss brewers launched Cenovis; the product was an immediate success and the famous spread was so good that from 1955 it was included in the rations for Swiss soldiers... Healthy and strong soldiers!"
- "Lorsqu'on allie la saveur à la santé ..." [When one combines flavour with health...]. Cenovis.ch. 1999. Retrieved 2011-02-27. (French)
- "Marques suisses, Cenovis: Le réseau de la tartine" [Swiss brands: the network of spreads for your bread]. Marco Danesi. 2005. Retrieved 2005-12-23.
- "Le Cenovis retourne en Argovi" [Cenovois returns to Aargau]. Le Temps. Economie & Finance (Geneva, Switzerland). 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-12.[dead link]
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