Cardinal Meat Specialists Acquires the Elite Meat Company

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BRAMPTON, Ont. — Cardinal Meats Specialists Limited has acquired 100-per-cent interest in Ontario-based D&S Meat Products Ltd., operating under The Elite Meat Company name.

The Elite Meat Company is a family owned and operated company that produces the only “All Canadian” and certified gluten-free peameal bacon, from a traditional recipe, using only fresh Canadian pork. Elite Meat owns the number-1 foodservice position in peameal bacon across Canada. The company also makes a wide range of sausage products, including three varieties of all-Canadian, pure-pork breakfast sausage, eight varieties of barbecue/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 foodservice customer base,” says Brent Cator, president and owner of Cardinal Meats Specialists. “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. With Dan Milanovic joining the Cardinal team, we will further enhance the depth of our protein platforms and customer base.”

“I am thrilled to join Cardinal Meat Specialists, where I have found a match in family values and approach to serving customers,” says 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 brand’s growth across Canada.”

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