MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Ralph Cator, Founder of
Mississauga-based Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited, is joining ranks
with some of North America's most celebrated industry pioneers
following a special ceremony hosted by the North American Meat
Processors Association. Cator, Ray Kroc, Dave Thomas, and Colonel
Harland Sanders are among the 2010 inductees into the Meat Industry
Hall of Fame.
"This year's inductees are rightfully credited with fostering much of
the profound change, remarkable progress and success of the North
American meat industry," said Dan Murphy, Executive Director and
Co-Founder of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. "We're proud to celebrate
The Meat Industry Hall of Fame was formed in 2008 to honour the
accomplishments of the meat, poultry and livestock industries' leading
figures, and to recognize the ways in which their vision, skill and
dedication have shaped and sustained the meat industry as the leading
sector of food production in North America.
Cator, a self-made entrepreneur whose career began in his father's
butcher shop, founded Cardinal Meat Specialists in 1966. Under his
leadership, the company grew from a small restaurant meat supplier into
a national, full-service foodservice supplier of meat, poultry, fresh
and packaged products. Today, Cardinal produces an average of 3 million
burgers per week and 300,000 fully cooked meat products in its two
"Cardinal's success lies in our commitment to quality and innovation. We
have set industry standards in the adoption of new technologies, food
safety, product innovation and employee engagement," said Cator.
In 1992, Cator was named the first Canadian president of the National
Association of Meat Purveyors. Under his leadership, the organization
transformed into the North American Meat Processors association (NAMP).
"Cardinal's leadership position in North America is due to the hard work
of my father, who built the company into a major player in the
industry," said Ralph's son Brent Cator, President, Cardinal Meat
Specialists Limited. "He laid the solid foundation upon which we
continue to build."
Ralph Cator currently serves as Chairman of Cardinal's Board of
This year's inductees into the Hall of Fame include:
Richard Bond, CEO, President and Director, Tyson Foods Inc.
Ralph Cator, Founder, Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited
William D. Farr, Farr Feeders
Joel Johnson, Chairman, President & CEO, Hormel Foods Corporation
H. Kenneth Johnson, Vice President - Meat Science, National Live Stock & Meat Board;
Executive Director, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Ray Kroc, Founder & Chairman, McDonald's Corporation
Dr. Roger Mandingo, Professor, Animal Science Department, University of Nebraska
Robert E. Rust, Professor Emeritus, Animal Science, Iowa State University
Col. Harland Sanders, Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken
Dr. Jeff W. Savell, Regents Professor and E.M. "Manny" Rosenthal Chairholder in Animal
Science, Texas A&M University
Deven Scott, Vice President - Member Services, American Meat Institute; Executive
Vice President, North American Meat Processors Association
Dave Thomas, Founder, CEO, Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
About Cardinal Meats
Since 1966, Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. has prepared and supplied the
highest quality, portion-controlled meats in the Canadian retail and
foodservice industry. With a commitment to safety, quality and
productivity, Cardinal specializes in providing premium burgers and
fully-prepared meats to restaurants and retail customers across Canada.
For more information, please visit www.CardinalMeats.com.
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