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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Albuquerque

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Albuquerque, NM. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Albuquerque’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Albuquerque. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Albuquerque, NM. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Albuquerque,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Albuquerque, NM, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Albuquerque, NM.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Albuquerque mayor updates city’s preparations for employee vaccination or testing program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller provided an update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 virus in a news conference Tuesday morning. The city is preparing for a January 21, 2022 deadline that will mandate all city employees to be fully vaccinated against ...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller provided an update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 virus in a news conference Tuesday morning. The city is preparing for a January 21, 2022 deadline that will mandate all city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing for the virus under federal OSHA requirements.

The city has roughly 6,000 employees that would be affected by the federal mandate, which is currently being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court. As the court has yet to decide on an outcome, Mayor Keller says the city is continuing to move forward with the vaccination or testing mandate.

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“This distinction is really driven by the OSHA ruling and so we’ll see if the Supreme Court changes that, but we also have a state ruling,” Keller said Tuesday. “This is pursuant to federal and state requirements, so there is no flexibility for [the city] with respect to those requirements.”

This has unions across the city concerned. Those unions say such a mandate would violate their contract with the city.

“So before the mayor would be able to implement anything we would expect him to sit with the labor organizations within the city and bargain these changes in working conditions,” said IAFF president, Justin Cheney.

City Councilor Dan Lewis has a bill in the works that would ban any vaccine mandate, saying that it would cause many city workers to leave and that is something Albuquerque cannot afford. “I want to give our city employees a level of peace when it comes to being able to do their jobs without this vaccine mandate hanging over their heads,” Lewis said.

The city did not offer a current estimate on how many employees are already fully vaccinated. If an employee is not fully vaccinated by January 21, the employee will be forced to provide one negative COVID-19 test each week. If that test turns up positive, the city will require that employee to go on unpaid leave for the duration of the time away from work.

Keller said Tuesday the city is working to contract for a city employee testing center. However, no agreement has been finalized at this point.

More than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases were charted in Bernalillo County over the last three days, between Saturday, January 8, and Monday, January 10. Meanwhile, pressure continues for metro-area hospitals which continue to be inundated with COVID-19 patients and long wait times.

The update on the city’s COVID-19 response marks the city’s first in 2022. Earlier this month, Keller was sworn in, beginning his second four-year term after securing re-election in November.

The mayor is entering his second term with new city councilors sitting in four of nine seats. Councilors Louie Sanchez, Dan Lewis, Tammy Fiebelkorn, and Renee Grout have taken seats on the council. They replace the seats previously held by Lan Sena, Cynthia Borrego, Diane Gibson, and Don Harris.

Proposed teacher raises would make NM competitive

SANTA FE – New Mexico wants to attract more teachers as part of a government-wide spending spree fueled by taxes from surging oil and gas revenues.“They’re going to be the highest paid individuals in any state near us,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said of New Mexico teachers in a call with educators on Friday.Lujan Grisham is proposing increases in the minimum pay for teachers across three tiers of experience levels. Minimum salaries for entry-level teachers would increase from $41,000 to $50,000. That w...

SANTA FE – New Mexico wants to attract more teachers as part of a government-wide spending spree fueled by taxes from surging oil and gas revenues.

“They’re going to be the highest paid individuals in any state near us,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said of New Mexico teachers in a call with educators on Friday.

Lujan Grisham is proposing increases in the minimum pay for teachers across three tiers of experience levels. Minimum salaries for entry-level teachers would increase from $41,000 to $50,000. That would make starting teachers the highest paid in the region unless other states raise wages before the fall.

In Texas, for example, starting salaries average around $44,500.

“Let’s also remind ourselves that all of our surrounding state legislatures are raising salaries as well,” New Mexico Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus told a legislative committee Thursday, calling the salary competition between the states a “shell game.”

School districts in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas set their pay scales in different ways, so they can be hard to compare.

In New Mexico, pay is tied closely to tiers based on completing professional development benchmarks. In Texas, years of experience are more important. In rural Colorado, teachers can make way less than their neighbors in rural New Mexico, because minimums are lower.

Lujan Grisham’s budget tracks closely with the ones proposed by the education department and the Legislature’s most important spending committee. They call for around $250-300 million in raises including a 7% minimum raise for all categories of school workers, from janitors to principals. That would offset nationwide inflation of around 6.8%.

New salary minimums could boost teacher salaries by as much as 20%, including $60,000 for midlevel teachers and $70,000 for those with the highest level of professional development.

The governor also proposes extending minimum salary guarantees to Indigenous language and culture teachers, who often don’t meet the educational requirements to be paid as full-fledged teachers, despite doing similar work.

If Lujan Grisham’s budget is approved, it will likely mean New Mexico has competitive salaries for entry level teachers, and on average, with Texas, its biggest rival.

Texas has large school districts that compete for talent with medium-sized districts in New Mexico.

Its average starting salary is $44,582, according to NEA data, comparable to the proposed salary increase by Lujan Grisham.

There are no planned changes to the minimum salary, Texas Education Agency said in a statement Friday, and the Texas legislature isn’t meeting next year.

States often pay teachers more to work more. In Texas, a COVID-mitigation program will ensure teachers can earn over $100,000 per year if they work in some of the hardest-hit districts and work longer hours.

In New Mexico, there are fewer performance incentives, but teachers can earn 10-25 days of extra pay at their salary level if their district adds extra time to the school year. Last year, many districts declined to participate in the program, citing teacher and parent burnout during the pandemic.

Christmas display bringing the neighborhood together

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – If you’re out looking at Christmas lights, there’s one home you’ll want to drive by. A display attracts visitors from all over the state and neighbors come together to make it happen.Story continues below“It started in California. I never did this before. I did the average. When I went out on the street and I looked at the house, I said, what can I do to be different...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – If you’re out looking at Christmas lights, there’s one home you’ll want to drive by. A display attracts visitors from all over the state and neighbors come together to make it happen.

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“It started in California. I never did this before. I did the average. When I went out on the street and I looked at the house, I said, what can I do to be different to give to the people?” said Davis Plourde.

Almost 20 years later, a lot has changed. Neighbors know him as Mr. Dave, a legend, and his home more elaborate than ever lights up his Venta Ranch Neighborhood all December long. “I have had people from East Mountains, Socorro, Las Cruces, Denver, and Santa Fe,” said Plourde.

The thousands of twinkling lights, snowflakes, candy canes and snowmen spread Christmas cheer. “One evening, I was shutting the lights down. It was about 10:30 p.m. and I could hear this ‘oh no,’ so I stopped what I was doing. I went to the family, it was a family of about six. They said we came all the way from north Santa Fe and so I turned the lights back on,” Plourde said.

This year, neighbors helped Mr. Dave with the grand set up and their classic cars add more fun to his display. “Everybody loves it on the road. Everybody stops us to take a picture with it. I’ve done a wedding with it. It’s pretty awesome,” said Phillip Trujillo who owns the Christmas car.

Neighbors are ready to continue the beloved tradition at their own homes when Mr. Dave slows down. “That’s why most of us moved to this neighborhood, because of these lights. It’s festive, It’s fun. It’s a place that you’re happy to raise your kids in,” said neighbors in the area.

Mr. Dave now in his 80s says he will retire soon with memories of the most wonderful time of the year. “That is my reward. I feel honored by the people coming here,” Plourde said. His neighbors spend three Saturdays putting up the lights and sell candy canes to those who come by to help raise money for his light bill.

APS teacher’s TikTok goes viral after telling class she’s quitting due to pay

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teacher is getting a lot of attention after a TikTok video of her telling her class she was quitting, went viral. She’s hoping to inspire changes to how teachers are paid in the district. After a recent move to New Mexico, Mahalia Aponte was quick to apply for a job at Garfield Middle School.“I started working there, fell in love with the position, was having a great time with the kids,”...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teacher is getting a lot of attention after a TikTok video of her telling her class she was quitting, went viral. She’s hoping to inspire changes to how teachers are paid in the district. After a recent move to New Mexico, Mahalia Aponte was quick to apply for a job at Garfield Middle School.

“I started working there, fell in love with the position, was having a great time with the kids,” said Aponte. “I got my very first paycheck and immediately was concerned.”

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The 8th-grade social studies teacher says she started a couple of months into the school year after finally getting her level two license with the New Mexico Public Education Department.

“Because I didn’t start at the beginning of the year, they did prorate my annual pay from $51k to like $34.5k,” said Aponte. “I didn’t get a confirmation saying we changed it in the system, you’re good to go, this is what it’s going to be now, also, this is how our pay scale is set up. I didn’t get any of that.”

Still, she figured she would have the option like other districts she’s worked in where she can get bigger checks over the nine-month school year, rather than the salary spread out over a full calendar year, since she works a different job full-time during the summer months.

However, she says no one at Albuquerque Public Schools clarified that they only operate on a 12-month pay schedule until she had already started working. Because that prorated salary was spread out over the full year, she was left with a monthly income that was only $400 more than her rent.

“I feel like this happens to so many teachers,” said Aponte. “It’s happening too often and we’re not saying anything about it.”

In a TikTok video that’s now gone viral, Aponte announced to her class that she would not be returning because she couldn’t afford to live on her salary. She later posted a second video clarifying what happened.

“I can’t run myself ragged working here all day and then working my second job all night just to make ends meet, every single day Monday through Friday, plus working on the weekends,” said Aponte. “I don’t have any time for myself. I don’t even have time to grade papers outside of class.”

Aponte hopes being vocal about her experience can help educate other teachers new to the district, so they can better prepare for the pay. She also hopes it can maybe even change the district, itself, giving teachers the option of how they’re paid.

“The comments on there,” said Aponte. “It’s astronomical the amount of teachers who are in the exact same position as me or worse.”

In the meantime, Aponte says she’s going to work full-time as a bartender and server, along with tutoring. She says she will reevaluate a future at APS before the start of the school year. KRQE News 13 reached out to APS but because the district is on winter break, no one was available to comment until next week.

New Mexico sees thousands of job openings as record numbers leave the workforce

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Businesses are seeing a record number of job openings — but also a record number of people choosing to leave the workforce altogether. Economics experts say the number of people quitting their jobs recently in New Mexico is higher than the rest of the country, and some businesses are wondering what to do next.For nearly two years, Garcia’s Kitchen locations around Albuquerque have struggled to get back to a ...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Businesses are seeing a record number of job openings — but also a record number of people choosing to leave the workforce altogether. Economics experts say the number of people quitting their jobs recently in New Mexico is higher than the rest of the country, and some businesses are wondering what to do next.

For nearly two years, Garcia’s Kitchen locations around Albuquerque have struggled to get back to a full staff. They hoped the end to COVID-related federal unemployment programs would be the answer they needed.

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“We expected after September 3rd, maybe to get a rush of employees, which we didn’t really get,” said Dan Garcia, owner of Garcia’s Kitchen. “I don’t know why. Maybe some are on unemployment or COVID or whatever their reasons are.”

It’s a trend reported across the country, not just here in New Mexico. It’s a conundrum of sorts as two areas that go hand-in-hand are seeing record highs.

“Job openings reached record numbers this late summer into fall, the highest we’ve ever seen,” said Reilly White, an associate professor of finance at the University of New Mexico‘s Anderson School. “But also what’s reached the highest levels have been quit rates, so the number of people who are quitting their jobs at the same time.”

White says at the beginning of the pandemic, about 16 million people were either laid off or left their jobs. While most have returned to employment since then, about a quarter of those people, or four million, have left the workforce altogether.

“A proportion were early retirements. Many saw rising equity values, rising value in their homes, they saw an opportunity to maybe retire a little bit early, or given the situations and the stresses at work, that was an opportune moment,” said White. “Need of child care and elder care opportunities, those are really big issues, particularly, among New Mexicans, who reported a particularly high percentage of people who left the workforce for that reason.”

According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, there are more than 125,000 job openings right now in the state. While they’re still calculating the number of those not working, in the past year, only 57% of New Mexico’s population 16 and older were actively in the workforce, much below the national average. White says he doesn’t see this shortage resolving until well down the road.

“Here in New Mexico in October, our quit rate is slightly below the national average but the national average is still really, really high. About 2.8% of all people in the workforce quit their jobs in October,” said White. “We have labor shortages driven by supply chain issues and other things. This will take a year or two, six months to two years to basically sort its way through the system.”

Back at Garcia’s Kitchen, hours are still greatly impacted as their restaurants now close in the afternoon without workers to handle late evenings. Still, as some former staff members continue to return, Garcia says they’ll keep pushing on.

“We’re hoping to keep getting there but when I’m not sure. It’s been a struggle but you can only work with what you have at the time,” said Garcia. “A lot who have been with us before have stayed with us so we’re not in a totally bad place but we’re not in the best place where we’d like to be.”

Workforce Solutions is also specifically looking into those on unemployment insurance to find out if they’re back in the workforce or still on unemployment or in a different circumstance. Those findings will be made public in early February.

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