Cardinal Meats Specialists Ltd., Canada, acquired D&S Meat Products Ltd., operating under The Elite Meat Co.

Elite Meat is a Canada-based family owned and operated producer of what is said to be the only “All Canadian” and certified-gluten-free Peameal Bacon, as well as a wide range of sausage products, including Canadian pure pork breakfast sausage, BBQ/dinner sausage and European specialty sausages and chevaps.

“The Elite Meat Co.’s portfolio adds to Cardinal’s unique capabilities to serve its retail and foodservice customer base. This acquisition will not only expand our portfolio of products, [but] it will also give us additional sausage capability and a solid platform in the breakfast day part,” says Brent Cator, president and owner of Cardinal Meats. “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 Dan Milanovic, president & CEO of D&S Meat Products. “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.”