Alaska Milk or the Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) is a Filipino brand, from Holland Milk Products Inc. a subsidiary of FrieslandCampina Dutch brand, and has no affiliation to the US state of Alaska. They have been manufacturing milk products for Filipino homes since 1972. An iconic brand of milk in the Philippines recognized from the ‘Alaska boy’ image on the front of the can. This grocery staple is used by many households for its dairy products like milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, powdered milk and many more.
A short Introduction
This milk brand origin country is from the Philippines. A brand was established in 1972, by the Holland Milk Products, Inc. or “HOMPI” joined by the General Milling Corporation or “GMC” with Friesland Campina. The brand was supposed to only manufacture condensed milk and evaporated milk canned goods, but then expanded to UHT milk (ultra pasteurization or ultra high temperature processing) and powdered milk. They built up the Alaska brand for years and even got it listed in the Philippines Stock Exchange named ‘AMC’ in 1995. In 2007, AMC acquired Nestlé Philippines, part of the milk business that included the product brands of Milkmaid, Nestlé Carnation, Krem Top, Liberty, and Alpine. AMC was then slowly bought by FrieslandCampina in 2012 owning 98.1% and delisting it from the stock market, with Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr remaining as the chairman of the company.
Though a well known brand there are many questions about it. One of the big questions is ‘Who is the kid in the Alaska milk logo ?’ Something many wonder? The Alaska boy was not inspired by a real Alaskan kid or the late AMC Chairman’s (Wilfred Uytengsu) son Michael Uytengsu even if the character and the son might look alike. Many believed it was him after watching the first Alaska TV commercial in 1974, where the young Micheal Uytengsu played against Cisco Oliver, a professional American basketball player. The short commercial program popularized lines like “Yeah men!” tagline, which the brand still uses in many Alaska brand of milk commercials and posters. With another tagline “Wala pa rin tatalo sa Alaska” which translates to “There is still no beating the Alaska milk drink” still being used till today. The face we all know was just a fictional rendition drawn by Alfredo Alcala a legendary Pinoy comic artist from the 70’s to 80’s that had worked under Marvel and DC on works like Conan, Detective comics and more.
You can find any of the Alaska products like the milk powder, ready to drink tetra packs, canned evaporated or condensed milk in every grocery store, sari-sari store, and convenience store. A sure best seller during the holidays and summer seen added into many fan-favorite dishes like fruit salads, leche flan, buko pandan, halo-halo, sopas, and other cream based recipes.
Type of Alaska Milk products
A staple in many Filipino households, providing deliciously great products for years not only for families focusing on nutrition to meet the needs of the home, but businesses like restaurants, up and coming entrepreneurs and many more. Here are some of their products:
- Alaska evaporated milk – a creamy thick canned milk product sold as the ‘Classic Evaporated Filled Milk’ which has little to no sweetness, and the ‘Evaporada Evaporated Creamer’ the more modernized version popularly used in halo-halo and has been dubbed the #1 Evap since 2008.
- Alaska condensed milk – Canned sweetened milk thickened with sugar usually a ratio of 1:1. The product has 2 types: ‘Classic Sweetened Condensed Filled Milk’ which is the usual condensed milk, and ‘Alaska Condensada Sweetened Condensed Creamer’ that is sweeter and creamier version that also comes in a resealable pack.
- Alaska powdered milk – The goodness of milk served in 2 flavors; as a ‘Alaska Fortified Milk Powdered drink’ as ‘Classic’ and ‘Milk Drink Choco’. Sold in pouches.
- Alaska fresh milk or ready to drink milk products include: Fresh Milk, Low Fat Milk, Fortified UHT-Processed Milk drink, Choco Milk Drink, with yogurt based drinks like the classic strawberry and blueberry Yogurt drink and for kids the ‘Alaska Frutti Yo’.
- Krem-Top – which is a powdered coffee with a non-dairy creamer under Alaska Milk corporation and FrieslandCampina.
- Culinary Creams – such as all purpose cream, instant whipped cream, and 2 in 1 Créma-Asada which is a mix of the cream and condensed milk.
Alaska milk nutrition facts
- The fresh milk are great for kids and adults alike as these contain a good number of carbohydrates and fats to keep them energized, amino acids, protein, minerals like potassium, zinc, magnesium, and especially calcium. They also have the essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, B2, B3, and B12. that help create a balanced diet.
- Is Alaska milk good for puppies? Generally you can feed evaporated milk to puppies but most dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose, and might cause problems like diarrhea. So do consult your doctor before considering giving them a pup-cup.
- Is Alaska milk good for kittens? Milk is NOT good for cats despite the popular myth and how TV shows say. They should only drink milk from their mothers, like puppies, most cats are lactose intolerant.
Alaska milk recipes to try :
- Creamy Maja Blanca, the traditional Maja blanca with a earthy sweet and aromatic twist.
- Ube Cake (ube condensed milk cake), might be one of the best and aesthetically pleasing cakes you’ve seen. Ube chiffon cake layered with a sweet creamy dense frosting, sometimes with the addition of sweetened coconut shreds.
- No Oven Bibingka, there’s really no need to recreate this traditional rice cake dish, you only need a few ingredients, a stove and a pan of boiling water to make these fluffy cakes.
- Kamoteng kahoy (cassava), a Filipino treat made of a humble root crop, some flour, evaporated milk and condensed milk, made into a wonderful ‘healthy’ cake that you won’t be able to resist once you take a bite.
- Coffee Graham Float, simple and easy, the summer snack you’ll be making almost every week. A chilled treat made of condensed milk, graham crackers, cocoa powder and coffee granules all arranged into a layered dessert.
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