Rhodes History

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Kenny Farnsworth is the President of Rhodes Bake-N-Serv, a family owned frozen bread and rolls manufacturer. As a boy, Kenny worked with his father, Ken Farnsworth Jr., at the family’s food brokerage. When he turned 16, he had a retail route and continued to work in the brokerage business through high school and college. Kenny has had various responsibilities with Rhodes over the years from computer networking to overseeing plant operations. Here is a note from Kenny on the history of Rhodes:

“Upon first meeting me, people often ask if my last name is Rhodes. I explain that it is not, but that my family now owns the Rhodes business. I am usually then asked if there really ever was a Mr. Rhodes. Yes, there was a Mr. Rhodes, and he was a great man. Herbert Cecil Rhodes founded Rhodes Bake-N-Serv in 1958. He was a man with high standards and personal principles. For example, Mr. Rhodes was a strict vegetarian. He did not allow any preservatives to be added to Rhodes White Bread Dough or White Roll Dough. The flour he selected also had to be of the highest quality, unbleached, and have a high-protein content.”

Herbert Rhodes dedicated his life to serving others. He was known for his kindness and generosity. He passed away in 1980, at the age of 84, still actively working in the business every day. He set high standards for his business, and the Rhodes business we run today is his legacy.

We continue to use Mr. Rhodes recipes with only minor changes. The flour used is still unbleached, high-protein and of the finest quality. Because he was an ingenious inventor and entrepreneur, I think Mr. Rhodes would enjoy many of the innovative products that Rhodes has developed. Above all, I think Mr. Rhodes would be most impressed to know that a loaf of Rhodes White Bread baked today is virtually identical to the delicious loaf he developed years ago. It is an honor and privilege to extend the legacy of a good man.

We may not have a person at our company with the last name of Rhodes, but we honor his name in our products, service, and all that we do.

  • Jackie Proulx
    December 19, 2017

    Bring 100% WHOLE Wheat Texas Rolls back to Utah!!!
    Those are the only kind I buy.

    • Debbie Norris
      January 3, 2018

      Thanks for your comment. Talk to the grocery manager in the store where you previously purchased that item. Ask them if they could bring them back into their store. We cannot send product to stores that are not currently ordering that product.

  • Joe sprouse
    January 24, 2018

    i wish i could find the sweet bread dough again, i used to buy it here in omaha but none of the stores have had it in the last year or more. I have checked at walmart, fareway, hyvee, bakers, family fare,

    • Debbie Norris
      February 5, 2018

      I’m sorry but there are not many stores that are still ordering the Sweet Dough. You might check with the store that used to carry it and see if they can special order it in for you.

  • August 29, 2018

    Is there any thing that I can do to the yeast dinner rolls to help them to compare to the sweet dough rolls?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      August 31, 2018

      Thank you for your question! I’m not sure I completely understand but if you are asking if the rolls can be used to make Cinnamon Rolls etc. they certainly can. Probably the best thing to do is to look in our recipes and find recipes for a lot of different recipes that are sweet using our dough. If you mean can anything be incorporated into our dough to make it sweeter that is more difficult. Out of the package, it is ready to rise and bake so incorporating something into the dough does not work very well. I hope this helps. You can talk to one of our Customer Satisfaction representatives and they would be happy to help you too. That number is: 1-80–876-7333.

  • Robin
    October 26, 2018

    I have just recently discovered rhodes bread. I never knew it was so delicious. I have only been able to find the white loaves but plan to check out other local stores. I’m in love.

    Thanks for making such a wonderful product. I just wish i had discovered it sooner


  • Paul
    October 29, 2018

    I can’t find 100% whole wheat Texas rolls in ANY store in Utah. What’s the deal!!!

  • Grace E Hammond
    November 16, 2018

    What is the pRoper temperature for baking Rhodes bread dough in an ordinary oven?
    Then for how long?

    • Debbie from Rhodes
      November 26, 2018

      The package directions tell you to bake at 350 degrees, for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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