Kinnaman Distribution/Rotella’s Bakery winner of Russ’s Market/B&R Stores Nebraska Best Local Product Award

Kearney, Neb. – This year’s winner of Russ’s Market/B&R Stores Nebraska Best Local Product Award is Kinnaman Distribution/Rotella’s Bakery. This award has been going on for eight years, but this year GROW Nebraska was honored to assist Russ’s Market/B&R Stores present the award to Kinnaman Distribution/Rotella’s Bakery based out of Lincoln & La Vista, Nebraska. Kinnaman Distribution has been in business since 1977 and Rotella’s Bakery has been in business since 1921.

There is also no better business to sponsor this award than Russ’s Market / B&R Stores who has been around since 1964 and has been a GROW Nebraska member since 2009. Just like any business it started with one little store in Lincoln, Nebraska and today there are nine Russ’s Market locations and B&R Stores has 34 total locations under 8 different store banners with 20 locations in Nebraska. Marty Javis of Russ’s Market/B&R Stores states some of the key aspects they look for in finding a business for this award is the obvious, a Nebraska based company and they continually stock our shelves with a high-quality product that is in high demand.

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Russ’s Market customers know it’s a value from that quality and price value of the product. Kinnaman Distribution/Rotella’s Bakery was represented by Joe & Brad Kinnaman. Rotella’s Bakery has been running for 103 years and partnered with Kinnaman Distribution in 1978. Lou Jr. wanted Brad & Joe to accept the awards due to them keeping the shelves stocked with their product.

The 2024 MarkeTech conference had so many great speakers, and incredible sponsors making it possible to wrap up with the highest attendance it has ever had. What an honor it has been to continue to host the award at MarkeTech. Marty Javis states, “It’s the perfect outlet. You guys are promoting Nebraska businesses. There’s no better place than here.”

The GROW Nebraska Foundation will be excited to announce next year’s winner at the 2025 conference which will be held March 26. For more information about MarkeTech please visit and stay tuned for upcoming details on next year’s conference!

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation was founded with the idea of expanding resources to businesses and entrepreneurs alike to make a sustainable living anywhere within the state of Nebraska. As a 501(c) 3 educational foundation, the GROW Nebraska® Foundation was founded in 1998 and now works to extend resources, training, a brick and mortar store, as well as an eCommerce site full of Nebraska products to help elevate Nebraska-based businesses and connect Nebraska entrepreneurs to the global marketplace. Support or join GROW Nebraska Foundation’s efforts by visiting  

B&R Stores, Inc. was founded in 1964 by Russ and Anita Raybould. The family-owned company has grown to include several supermarket banners including Russ’s Market, Super Saver, Apple Market, Allen’s, Cash Saver, C&R Markets, and Joe’s Market located in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.