Cardinal acquires The Elite Meat Company

BRAMPTON, ON, May 28, 2018. Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited (Cardinal), a family owned, leading producer and marketer of fully cooked proteins and burgers, announced that it has acquired 100% interest in Ontario based D&S Meat Products Ltd., operating under The Elite Meat Company name.
The Elite Meat Company (Elite Meat) is a family owned and operated company famous for its commitment to family recipes and Canada’s best Peameal Bacon. It produces the only “All Canadian” and certified Gluten Free Peameal Bacon, from an old, traditional recipe, using only fresh Canadian pork. Elite Meat owns the number one food service position in Peameal Bacon across Canada.

The company also makes a wide range of excellent sausage products, including three varieties of all Canadian pure pork breakfast sausage, eight varieties of BBQ / Dinner sausage, and a variety of European specialty sausages and chevaps.
“The Elite Meat Company’s portfolio adds to Cardinal’s unique capabilities to serve its retail and food service customer base. This acquisition will not only expand our portfolio of products, it will also give us additional sausage capability and a solid platform in the breakfast day part,” said Mr. Brent Cator, President and Owner of Cardinal Meats Specialists. “With Dan Milanovic joining the Cardinal team, we will further enhance the depth of our protein platforms and customer base,” added Mr. Cator.

“I am thrilled to join Cardinal Meat Specialists where I have found a match in family values and approach to serving customers,” said Mr. Dan Milanovic, President & CEO of D&S Meat Products Ltd.. “My brother Sasha and I are very proud of our team, our culture and our products which have grown substantially since the company was started by my parents, Radovan & Luba Milanovic on Gerrard and Coxwell in the early 70s.
"I look forward to working with the team at Cardinal and its Customer base to help accelerate the Elite brands’ growth across Canada”, added Mr. Milanovic.

Cardinal Meat Specialists has custom created a broad range of specialty products from burgers to fully cooked proteins servicing both retail and food service customers across Canada. The company’s roots trace to Jack Cator starting on the farm and then running butcher shops, followed by son Ralph who elevated the business to protein processing in the 60’s under the Cardinal name. Now under the stewardship of third generation Brent Cator, Cardinal Meat Specialists serves its customers with state-of-the-art technology to provide the safest, most consistent and of highest quality products possible.

For further information, please contact Brent Cator, President and CEO at (905) 459-4436 extension 245.

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