About Us

John Gross & Company is a privately owned, Pocahontas Foods USA distributor.  Servicing the away from home foodservice sector of Central PA with over 5000 products.  Featuring beverages, dry and refrigerated foods, produce, non-foods, and sanitation, warewashing and Laundry systems.  The base of operations is in Mechanicsburg, PA (just 15 minutes west of Harrisburg).  The Gross-ery, an extensive cash and carry which is open to the public, is located on site.

Originally named Gross Hotel and Restaurant Service, the business arose from the desires of John Gross Sr. and John Gross Jr to be in business for themselves.  That opportunity came in the form of regional distributorship of Maxwell House coffee. The first inventory was received in their simple apartment in Harrisburg. The business's foundation was simple.


Service Sells.


Today, as then, customers continue to desire quality products at fair pricing, but recognize that the added value that service can bring into the equation speak volumes.  Today, John Gross & Co. represents over 5000 products, including refrigerated and frozen foods, dry goods, as well as disposables and cleaning supplies. 50 years experience in the commitment required to be a beverage supplier has now also been applied servicing warewashing and laundry systems.  The base of operations has now relocated to a 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Mechanicsburg.  Through it all, John Gross & Company has strived to excel at being there at the customer's hour of need.  Realizing that it is only through the success of our customers that we too can hope to succeed.  A 25 years affiliation with Pocahontas Foods, USA, an association of over 150 independent distributors  servicing all corners of the U.S., has assisted in John Gross & Co.'s continued expansion of new and innovative products and services.

The third generation of Gross's are now leading the business in today's rapidly changing food service industry.  The business's commitment, however, is simple and unchanged.  Today, we practice the "JG Signature Service" commitment. Simply put, it means that when customers requests somehow seem difficult to accomplish, we need only ask "What would Dad do?" Then do it.