BRAMPTON, Ontario – Family owned and operated Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited has acquired 100 percent interest in Ontario-based D&S Meat Products Ltd. operating under the name Elite Meat Co. Elite Meat, also family owned, is best known for family recipes and Peameal Bacon. Elite produces the only “All Canadian” and certified Gluten Free Peameal Bacon from a traditional recipe, using fresh Canadian pork, as well as three varieties of all Canadian pure pork breakfast sausage, eight varieties of barbecued  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,” Brent Cator, president and owner of Cardinal Meats Specialists, said in a statement. “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,” said Dan Milanovic, president and 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 and 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.”