With an environmental logic, Ayam Brand™ believes that the whole product should be used in the process to limit waste therefore we are engaged in a long term production program to reduce waste and carbon footprint.
For our coconut range: our factory process the whole coconut (water, oil, milk and cream) and the only waste, the coconut shell, is collected and used for the burners to replace usual fossil energy, like oil or gas.
In the case of our fish factory, we are working on special machinery that will process the rejects to produce Fish Hydrolyzed Protein for the pharmaceutical industry.
We minimize packaging and work mostly with simple packaging material like tin, glass or paper,
which are 100% recyclable.
Coconut milk have a low solidifying temperature of around 14°C, so if the temperature falls below this, the contents may solidify. This does not affect the quality of the product, and does not mean that the product has curdled. Simply sit the closed can in a bowl of boiling water to bring back to a liquid state, and shake before opening. Alternatively, you can simply spoon the solidified milk or cream into your dish. Coconut Milk is best stored in a pantry, or a dark cool area out of the sun, to keep it in a liquid state.
Coconut milks are not always plain white but can have a slightly grey shade, which can be corrected by adding chemical whitening agents. Being free from whiteners, Ayam Brand™ coconut milk may have a slightly off-white colour.
Contrary to the name, coconut milk contain no milk or cream. Due to the white, opaque appearance of the coconut extract, it is called a “milk” and “cream”, but contains no dairy products at all.
Have you ever opened Ayam Brand™ Sardines in Tomato Sauce and found that there are some white particles/dots on top of the sauce? Don’t worry, those are normal, safe to eat and, in fact, it is a proof of quality!
When the fish is very fatty and juicy, some of its fats migrate from the flesh to the surface of the sauce. The white particles are only fish oil that have crystalized in the form of white particles, depending on the storage temperature. It usually happens when the cans spend some time in an air-conditioned room.
Nothing! These white particles just indicate that the fish is very fat and juicy. They will dissolve when heated. Don’t need to worry about it anymore, especially now that you know that they are good fish oil!
Fish oil is healthy oil derived from the tissues of fatty fish, like sardines, salmon, mackerel, tuna, which are recommended by nutritionists. Ayam Brand™ only chooses the best quality Sardines from the cold seas. These sardines are much fattier and juicier to stand the extreme coldness. They contain richer fish oil which includes Omega 3. This is a natural process and shows that our sardines are of excellent quality.
Big marine predators like shark, whale, swordfish and some big tuna species may contain traces of methyl mercury because they are at the top of the sea’s food chain.
Ayam Brand™ selects only two small species of tuna: skipjack and small yellowfin. Both these species have two benefits: they are sustainable and, because they are small marine predators, they do not contain traces of mercury.
Ayam Brand™ has, over the past 15 years, had its production of tuna tested regularly by independent laboratories. These laboratories, using scientific instruments capable of a detection limit as low as 0.05 ppm, have never detected any mercury in Ayam Brand™ tuna.
Tuna range: the ingredients are gluten free. Our tuna factory has an organization that actively prevents allergen cross-contamination.
We also do random checks on our products to ensure that our products do not have various types of allergen cross-contamination. However as we do not make such public claims for this range of products, we currently do not have a systematic allergen control and gluten free certification.
Our sardines are exclusively of the Sardinops or Genus Sardina species from the North-Western and Eastern Pacific waters, Southern waters of the Indian Ocean and North-Western Atlantic waters. Mackerels are exclusively of the Scomber species, caught mainly in the North Atlantic Ocean, North-western Pacific waters and Eastern pacific waters.
By selecting these fatty blue fishes that live in cold sea waters, we make sure our products are rich in "healthy fats" including DHA & EPA, the most beneficial Omega 3.
The fat found in coconut milk is a saturated fat, but unlike most saturated fats it is comprised from Medium Chain Triglycides (MCT). Coconut milk is a rich source of lauric acid, which can also be found in cow’s milk, goat’s milk and human breast milk. Lauric acid is converted by the body into a substance called monolaurin, which strengthens the immune system. As with all other good fats found in avocadoes, nuts and seeds, we should only consume fats in moderation to achieve a healthy and balanced diet.
Ayam Brand™ has, for many years, implemented a responsible policy for the use of palm oil, by replacing it, wherever technically possible, by alternative vegetable oils with a healthier nutrient profile. For the few Ayam Brand™ products still using palm oil, our factories only source segregated certified sustainable palm oil of West Malaysian origin.
Canned products are cooked in the can as part of the canning process. This means that they are always fully cooked in the sealed can and may be eaten straight from the can without the need for additional cooking. However, you can warm them up or use them as ingredient in your favourite cooking recipe.
A can is the best way to preserve the texture, presentation and taste of processed food for long, without adding preservatives.
Canning process uses sterilization, invented by a French cook in 1810 to preserve perishable food in such a stable manner that it could be stored and shipped overseas all year long.
Cans are vacuumed then sealed in air tight conditions and go through a high temperature and controlled heating process.
The heating process kills bacteria and preserves the food. The product can be the safely consumed without the help of preservatives.
More info: http://www.mfca.org.my/
Unopened canned products should be stored in a cool, dry place where they can last for up to three years in your pantry unless the “best before” date says sooner.
Use a clean and rust-free can opener, or look for pull-tab cans, and wipe the top of a can before opening.
Do not store foods in opened cans in the refrigerator, instead, transfer unused contents to a safe storage container and place immediately in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer because it balances, blends and rounds the total perception of other tastes. You can find it under the food additive E621. But if the recipe is good and the ingredients are fresh, what is the point of having added MSG? Ayam Brand™ canned food is guaranteed without added MSG to provide you with only the best recipe.
(1) Ayam Brand is compliant with the most stringent regulations in the world covering BPA and all Ayam Brand products are totally safe for consumption.
Most cans come with linings to protect food from contact with the metal used in the can. For decades, these linings have been made of epoxy, containing BPA (Bisphenol A).
The world’s most stringent regulation (EU directive 2004/19/EC) has established that it is totally safe to eat canned foods with a BPA specific migration limit (SML) of up to 0.6 ppm (or mg/kg) of food.
Independent laboratory analyses have demonstrated that for most of Ayam Brand’s reference products there is no migration of BPA to food even after a can’s expiry date. Certain products with more acidic food contents may show some BPA migration, but this has always been analyzed as below the stringent limit of 0.6 ppm.
(2) Ayam Brand is switching ALL its canned products to BPA-FREE CANS
Ayam Brand took the decision at the beginning of 2012 to switch all its products to cans with linings containing neither BPA nor any similar family of components such as BPF, BPS etc. Ayam Brand is therefore setting even higher standards in this regard than consumers’ expectation.
At the time the decision was taken, however, alternative BPA-free linings were not readily available. Ayam Brand took it upon itself to extensively test alternative linings with Real Time Aging analysis to ensure they were totally safe. It took several years for the can industry to formulate the new linings and for Ayam Brand to test them.
Ayam Brand is progressively switching to cans with BPA-FREE linings, as soon as tests and analyses prove the new linings are safe for each category of products.
- Coconut products are now in packaging containing BPA-FREE linings.
- The tuna range is in the process of completing the switch.
- Sardines, mackerel and baked beans will be switched in 2017.
All other products in different packaging (like glass jars or Tetra Pak) are BPA-FREE.