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

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 Charlotte, NC. 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 Charlotte’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 Charlotte. 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 Charlotte, NC. 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 Charlotte,
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 Charlotte, NC, 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 Charlotte, NC.

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

1.

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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State employees allowed to use paid time to substitute teach due to staff shortages in N.C. schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A North Carolina policy will allow state employees to use volunteer days with supervisor approval to work in North Carolina public schools as substitute teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff.Gov. Cooper’s new directive will allow state employees to use paid leave to serve as substitute staff in schools while also keeping any compensation they earn as substitutes.Governor Roy Cooper announced the plans, aimed to help combat staff shortages in K-12 school districts across the state during the cu...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A North Carolina policy will allow state employees to use volunteer days with supervisor approval to work in North Carolina public schools as substitute teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff.

Gov. Cooper’s new directive will allow state employees to use paid leave to serve as substitute staff in schools while also keeping any compensation they earn as substitutes.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the plans, aimed to help combat staff shortages in K-12 school districts across the state during the current surge of COVID-19 cases.

“It is critical that we keep children learning in the classroom safely,” said Gov. Cooper. “This policy will encourage state employees to lend a helping hand to our students at a time of severe staffing challenges for our public schools.”

For much of the 2021-22 school year, many school districts have experienced a greater need for substitute teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria staff and other support personnel who can fill in for employees who need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

The State Human Resource Commission’s Community Service Leave Policy states that full-time state employees are eligible for 24 hours of paid community service leave each calendar year.

This leave may be used by state employees with supervisor approval and will not interfere with or delay state government operations.

“State employees always step up to help our state in challenging times and this policy gives our talented employees yet another way to serve their communities,” said Barbara Gibson, State Human Resources Director.

“We appreciate Governor Cooper’s willingness to move quickly to address the current staffing crisis caused by the omicron variant,” Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras said. “This is one more tool we can use to keep our classrooms and schools open for our students.”

Under the updated policy, state employees are eligible to use community service leave for time spent training to be a substitute teacher, substitute teacher’s assistant or other substitute staff at a school or school district.

State employees are also eligible to use community service leave for other volunteer activities, regardless of compensation.

The policy will be effective starting on Jan. 12, 2022, and will end on Feb. 15, 2022.

Read the existing community service leave policy and the temporary exception allowing expanded use of the policy in schools.

View the school district substitute information.

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Charlotte business owner struggles to find workers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's 11 a.m. on a Tuesday and customers are already lining for some good Jamaican food at the Jerk Joint in Charlotte.Leon Broadnax says before the pandemic he could find workers easily for his restaurant and laundromat, but now it's been a struggleBroadnax says he's had many people quit for better paying jobs or some say they are coming for an interview and never show upThe Bureau of Labor Statistics recently share...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's 11 a.m. on a Tuesday and customers are already lining for some good Jamaican food at the Jerk Joint in Charlotte.

Leon Broadnax says before the pandemic he could find workers easily for his restaurant and laundromat, but now it's been a struggle

Broadnax says he's had many people quit for better paying jobs or some say they are coming for an interview and never show up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently shared over four million people quit their job in November 2021 with the largest percent coming from the food services industry

Leon Broadnax opened his Jamaican restaurant three years ago, but he admits it doesn’t feel like that much time has passed by.

“Feels like we’ve been here maybe a year and a half,” he said. “It just seems like the last two years have just flown by.”

Broadnax and his wife decided to open their restaurant because of his mother-in-law.

“After I tasted her mother’s cooking I said we should open a restaurant based on her Jamaican food cooking,” he said.

So far the Jerk Joint has been able to survive the pandemic, but Broadnax is now facing another shortage – workers.

“Now you may have people applying, but when you talk to them they say they’re going to come to the interview, and they don’t show up.”“When we first opened, when I needed staff, I put an Indeed ad out, and I had more than enough people applying,” he said. “Now you may have people applying, but when you talk to them they say they’re going to come to the interview, and they don’t show up.”

For months Broadnax has been struggling to find people to work.

“That’s the biggest worry,” he said. “That’s the thing that keeps me up at night. We have a good team here, but keeping that team together and bringing other team members in that can help us … that’s the thing that worries me.”

He’s not just having this problem at his restaurant, but also at his laundromat service called Nice-N-Clean on Charlotte’s east side.

“I still need a couple people just like at the restaurant, but again it’s just been hard to get the people to come in and interview for the positions,” Broadnax said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently shared over four million people quit their job in November 2021 with the largest percent coming from the food services industry.

As Broadnax begins this new year, he’s hoping it will bring the thing he's desperately looking for — stability.

“I’m hoping that in the next year here that the (COVID-19) cases continue to go down and that as we look for staff, we get the best staff available and that we’re able to maintain teams for both businesses that we can deliver great services to our customers,” he said.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics health care and social assistance, transportation, warehousing and utilities also saw a jump in people quitting their jobs last November.

You can view its most latest report here.

Here's how you can donate blood to help with the shortages

The American Red Cross has declared a first-ever national blood crisis. Donations are urgently needed.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The United States is facing yet another crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, the ...

The American Red Cross has declared a first-ever national blood crisis. Donations are urgently needed.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The United States is facing yet another crisis amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, the American Red Cross has made a startling declaration.

The Red Cross declared a national blood crisis Tuesday. The organization said blood donations had fallen by as much as 10% during the pandemic. That decline aligned with the surge of the delta variant, compounded with staff shortages and blood-drive cancelations.

The American Red Cross said it normally keeps three days of inventory. Right now, it’s struggling to have enough supply to last one day.

The shortage nationwide is being felt in the Carolinas.

“Every two seconds, someone needs blood," Mariana Vimbela, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, told WCNC Charlotte's Indira Eskieva. "That may be because of an accident. A mother who's giving birth might need blood. It may be someone who's going through a disease, some sort of sickness.”

In the Greensboro area, Novant Health confirmed hospitals are feeling the strain. Dr. Patrick Wilson told WFMY News 2 on Tuesday he's uneasy about the crisis because he now has to carefully assess blood supplies day by day.

“When inventory goes down, we become less confident in our ability to ensure we can take care of all patients when they need that blood,” he said.We’re very uncomfortable right now. Novant is no different than any other health system in the country.”

So far, Wilson said Novant hasn't had to significantly change their plans for patient care. But he warns one case could shift everything.

"One car accident, one patient involved in an accident could match what my daily inventory is for blood supplies for that particular blood type," he said. “If something like that were to happen that could impact patients later in the day or the next day.”

Where you can donate

The Red Cross is offering chances for a trip to the Super Bowl as an incentive for people to roll up their sleeves. Anyone who donates through Jan. 31, 2022, will be entered for two tickets to the game, round-trip airfare, three nights of lodging, and a $500 gift card for expenses.

The American Red Cross of the Greater Carolinas Region has maps online that show where the closest donation sites are. You can see them online and schedule a donation.

The need for volunteers is also very real. If you want to help in that capacity, apply here.

What blood types are needed most

All blood types are welcome to donate because the need is so dire, but the Red Cross especially needs O blood types to donate because O negative is often referred to as the "universal blood type" since people of any blood type can receive it.

Whether it's a fear of needles or you just haven't done it before, donating blood is easy, and the Red Cross outlines some nice FAQs for those who may be hesitant or inexperienced with blood donation. It also addresses what you should do before, during and after your donation to ensure an easy process. Rest assured you should not be worried if you're a first-time blood donor.

CMS transportation director helping bus drivers as they take on extra routes amid staff absences

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Driving thousands of students to and from school each day is no easy task, especially when more than 100 drivers are absent.It’s a reality many school districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, are facing due to staff shortages and absences due to COVID-19 and other reasons.At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Earnest Winston said the average number of driver absences is between 120-145 people.On Wednesday, Adam Johnson, the executive director of transportation f...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Driving thousands of students to and from school each day is no easy task, especially when more than 100 drivers are absent.

It’s a reality many school districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, are facing due to staff shortages and absences due to COVID-19 and other reasons.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Earnest Winston said the average number of driver absences is between 120-145 people.

On Wednesday, Adam Johnson, the executive director of transportation for CMS said 133 drivers were absent.

“Today for example we’d be somewhere around 800 available drivers to cover 936 buses,” Johnson said. “Doing the math that’s why we have buses that are splitting up runs, buses that are going back and doing doubles, sometimes triples. We have every available staff member that can drive to fill in, they’re doing so.”

Johnson says they have 915 drivers on staff with about 20 vacancies.

Ricardo Nicholas has been driving for the district for eight years. Despite the pandemic, staff shortages, and absences, he’s still doing his job with a smile.

“It’s been rough, but we’ve been maintaining, hanging in there, doing what we got to do because these kids got to get to school,” Nicholas said.

Nicholas is now driving extra routes in the morning and afternoon but says he’s persevering and knows this won’t last forever.

Last August, Johnson was driving buses to help with staffing shortages during the start of the school year.

“I’m happy to do it. It’s a lot to do this on top of regular work but I just want the drivers to know, what I’m asking them to do I’m out there with him,” Johnson said.

With ongoing absences, he says he didn’t hesitate to get on board to help his staff and get more kids to and from school in a timely manner.

“I’m just happy to do what I can to help out, if I can get 100 kids to school on time in the morning, that’s 100 fewer calls, 100 fewer kids that are waiting beside the road to get to school, and likewise in the afternoon. It’s worthwhile,” Johnson said.

Johnson says the average turnaround time from the application process to when drivers begin hitting the road is roughly 52 days. This extensive training is needed and which is why they can’t hire anyone to start driving immediately.

“It’s not something that someone can step into readily and be able to drive so we do rely heavily on recruiting it’s just a little bit of a time-consuming effort to get people properly trained, background check, all of the proper testing and credentials before they can transport kids,” Johnson said.

Other drivers told WBTV off camera they’re doing the best they can and they’re asking for patience during this time as they’re doubling and tripling their routes to get kids to and from school.

As he buckles up and hits the road each day, Nicholas says he’ll keep smiling and encouraging more people to apply for bus driver positions.

“Just hang in there with it, it may be a little tough starting off with it and you may get a little frustrated but overall good things come to those who wait,” Nicholas said.

Johnson says the transportation department has bus driver training classes happening this month with about 24 trainees and they expect 18 more people to start training in February.

In October, the Board of Education voted to increase the starting pay to $17.75 an hour.

If you are interested in applying to be a bus driver, visit CMS’ website.

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2021 finishes in the top 10 warmest years on record in Charlotte history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the fleeting hours of 2021, the weather record books can almost be closed. But these records we set this year will most likely remain.Last year, 2020 finished as the sixth warmest year on record, and now, 2021 joins the top 10 again, looking to settle in as the ninth warmest year on record.Average all of the ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the fleeting hours of 2021, the weather record books can almost be closed. But these records we set this year will most likely remain.

Last year, 2020 finished as the sixth warmest year on record, and now, 2021 joins the top 10 again, looking to settle in as the ninth warmest year on record.

Average all of the highs and lows for the year, Charlotte averaged 62.6 degrees from January to December. During that span, Charlotte hit at least 90 degrees 58 times (32nd most on record) and was at freezing and below 51 times (53rd least).

Cracking the top 10 warmest years on record list is something that is becoming a trend for Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2015, the year ended as the fifth warmest on record which started a streak of seven years in a row that this list below has changed. And 2015 officially is no longer on the list. In fact, this year pushed it down to the 11th warmest on record.

CRAZY STAT: This year will finish as the 9th warmest year on record for Charlotte. This is the 7th year in a row that Charlotte has made the TOP 10 WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD list. This streak started in 2015 which has now been bumped out of the Top 10. @WCNC pic.twitter.com/X6om2AkxV8

— Chris Mulcahy (@YOURWEATHERMAN) December 31, 2021

After a severe drought won over the weather headlines to end the year, 2021 finished as the 20th driest year on record. The total rain as of Dec. 31 was 35.67" (more than 7 inches below normal). This is the driest year since 2016, which was also the last time the Carolinas had a severe drought.

There were 112 days with measurable rain in 2021, which seems like a lot considering we will end the year with nearly all of North Carolina under a dry or drought status. But one day was wetter than the rest.

Friday had measurable rain 23 times. That means 44% of all of the Fridays for the year it rained at one point in the day. Trace amounts of rain were not counted for these statistics. It rained the least on Tuesdays, seeing measurable rain only 12 times on the day of the week.

The coldest temperature of the year was on Feb. 4, 2021, when the morning fell to 20 degrees. This was the first time since 1998 that the coldest temperature of the year was 20 degrees or above. Since 1921 (over the last 100 years), this has only happened eight times.

The wettest day of the year was July 26. The only day where over 2 inches of rain fell.

The warmest high temperature for the year in Charlotte was only 96 degrees --the same peak as last year.

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