The term ‘a la Antigua’ on the can indicates the silver skin of the fish remains. Ortiz source their sardines from the fresh fish auctions held along the north coast of Spain. The fish themselves come from the fertile waters of the Bay of Biscay. The fish are processed on the same day to ensure freshness. The fillets are lightly fried and then canned with olive oil. Sardines preserved like this will mature and mellow in flavour with age. Ortiz sardines are plump and flaky. The glisten of the silver skin as well as the light flavour and delicate texture are characteristics that set Ortiz apart from competitors.