Gust John Foods and Products Corporation was started back in 1973 by a father
and son team, Gust and John Koutselas. With little more than personal tenacity,
a dream and some great recipes, they worked all their spare time on weekends and
evenings, while holding down full time schedules at work and school
They started out during the week blending the complex formulas for pancake mix and cooking syrup in small batches, to have product inventory to
sell to their small network of restaurant customers on the weekends.
With an uncompromising approach to quality, they soon had to take on the
business full time. Northern Pines pancake mix is still made from a Pennsylvania
Dutch recipe that dates back to the early 1800's.
however, instead of a delivery van, the products
are now shipped out by the truckload to
foodservice distributors around the country.
More than 3 decades later, Northern Pines mixes
and syrups are served in thousands of
restaurants across the country.
Many businesses grow by word of mouth, but in
this case, it was all flavor that fueled their