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

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 Columbus, OH. 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 Columbus'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 Columbus. 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 Columbus, OH. 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
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Columbus,
what are we talking about?

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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.

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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.

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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 Columbus, OH, 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.

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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.

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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 Columbus, OH.

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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.

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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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Apprenticeship program works to close racial equity gap

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In 2021, Experience Columbus and Tourism Diversity Matters set out to tackle an issue within the travel and tourism industry: underrepresentation.What You Need To Know Specifically, it set out to improve the underrepresentation of Black, indigenous, and people of color in the industry, especially in positions of leadership. The six-month program gives students, recent graduates and professionals the chance to serve as apprentices at local businesses in the area, while building their ski...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In 2021, Experience Columbus and Tourism Diversity Matters set out to tackle an issue within the travel and tourism industry: underrepresentation.

What You Need To Know

Specifically, it set out to improve the underrepresentation of Black, indigenous, and people of color in the industry, especially in positions of leadership. The six-month program gives students, recent graduates and professionals the chance to serve as apprentices at local businesses in the area, while building their skills in areas of interest.

Efua Amissah Aggrey said the program was perfect. Before joining the program, she was on a nursing track but realized it wasn't for her.

She said while she could not imagine working at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus it has become one of the best things she could have done. Aggrey works as the Customer Experience Program Coordinator and helps people navigate the airport, those who may be stranded in the airport, and those with disabilities.

“It’s learning more about those who are differently abled… I don’t think I knew much about that before I came to this job," Aggrey said. "I like learning about their experiences. It’s been an eye-opening journey.”

She goes out of her way to help others who need a little help even when she is not working because of a new outlook on serving others.

Aggrey was part of the inaugural cohort and finished in March. She is one of five apprentices ending up with full-time employment.

Now, Karis Hall is following as a member of the second cohort working a six-month stint.

Hall, an Ohio State graduate, did not know the plan for post-graduation.

"Post-pandemic, I was extremely afraid to enter the workforce," Hall said. She said her mentors helped direct her, and she applied for the apprenticeship program which placed her at Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Hall used to pass by the hotel every day during her commute to work and only wished to work there.

“I knew that I always wanted to work here, at least while in Columbus, and I was just in awe when the opportunity came about," Hall said.

She said the work has given her a lot of hands-on experience throughout the different job areas while pursuing her passion.

Hall said the current general manager is an African American woman and the two connected.

She said it was an honor to have honest dialogue with the manager and share what she sees first-hand, ask questions and learn more about the work.

Hall's cohort of apprentices finishes in June. Hilton Columbus at Easton already offered her a position in the front office.

World record broken by these Columbus Crew scarves

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Guinness World Records stopped in Ohio Wednesday to measure a record-breaking scarf by the Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field.To raise awareness for children’s mental health, the soccer team partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to try and break a record for the world’s longest chain of sports fan scarves.More than 1...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Guinness World Records stopped in Ohio Wednesday to measure a record-breaking scarf by the Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field.

To raise awareness for children’s mental health, the soccer team partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to try and break a record for the world’s longest chain of sports fan scarves.

More than 1,000 Columbus Crew scarves were knotted together and laid across the field — all in an attempt to raise money and awareness for children’s mental health.

“That’s the idea right, is to really do something attention-grabbing like a world record so that everyone is talking about children’s mental health, and everyone is aware that we have to be talking about it,” Dr. Ariana Hoet, clinical director of Nationwide’s On Our Sleeves children’s mental health campaign, said.

The record attempt dates back to October, as the Columbus Crew made an offer that month to donate a scarf towards the chain every time a fan bought a “Wrap Them In Support” soccer fan scarf.

“It’s truly a Columbus community effort — every fan that has purchased a scarf, the Columbus Crew has donated another scarf so we can use it in our attempt for the world record,” Hoet said.

A Columbus Crew spokesperson said the scarf chain grew to one mile long as donations came in, and volunteers laid it out around the Lower.com Field pitch.

After measurements were finished around 3:50 p.m., a representative for Guinness World Records confirmed that the scarf came in at 4,848.56 feet, breaking the previous record.

Volunteer Andrea Hickman, who has a daughter with anxiety, said she hopes the record-breaking scarf at Lower.com field will help foster discussions of mental health within Ohio families.

“[It] will make people kind of pause and reflect and see if they should have a check in with their kids on mental health,” Hickman said.

The Columbus Crew spokesperson said it donated 100% of the proceeds from “Wrap Them In Support” scarves towards providing free mental health resources to families around the country.

“I think it’s very emotional really — I mean to know that we’re part of a bigger project to really break the stigmas and bring help to kids that really need it,” volunteer Shannon Quillen said.

The List: The worst places to propose in Columbus

Yesterday, the Transportation Security Administration posted a photo of a young man proposing to his future wife at the foot of a body scanner in the security line of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. According to TSA’s Instagram post, the woman said yes, which is a little surprising given the previous sentence we just wrote.The bizarre (i.e. terrible) proposal location got us thinking: Wher...

Yesterday, the Transportation Security Administration posted a photo of a young man proposing to his future wife at the foot of a body scanner in the security line of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. According to TSA’s Instagram post, the woman said yes, which is a little surprising given the previous sentence we just wrote.

The bizarre (i.e. terrible) proposal location got us thinking: Where are the worst spots to get down on one knee with a ring in Central Ohio? Since this is Columbus Alive, we decided to not just ask the question and laugh at each other’s suggestions, but publish an entire list about it. Journalism!

Local Cantina

No, not that one. The other one. Nope. Nuh-uh. Not that one, either. The other one.

Onstage at the Basement

With such poor sightlines, everyone will be forced to watch the proposal on those TVs above the bar.

The Statehouse

True, the Statehouse rotunda is quite beautiful, and the manicured lawn is picturesque. But just like your college roommate’s nicely made bed, the well-kept exterior can’t replace the memories of the horrible things that went on inside.

6827 N. High St., Suite 121

This office in a nondescript Worthington complex has a history of which you don’t want any part.

TownHall

Things tend to not end well there.

Spelling ‘Will you marry me?’ in a CPD helicopter

It’s best not to kick off your marriage with another controversy.

The site where the Columbus statue once stood

Unless you want to spend a bulk of the proposal shooing away Josh Mandel.

The Book Loft

With 32 rooms packed inside the maze-like structure, your great aunt will never find the proper location in time.

The Arnold statue

If it’s a dude proposing, it’s best not to invite comparisons with a guy who won the title of Mr. Universe multiple times. You will never measure up to that statue, man.

The Gates of Hell

Even when you explain that it’s actually a pretty cool, mysterious place despite its name, you still have to use the term “drainage tunnel.”

Blystone Farm

Unless you want to start off your marriage with the restaurateur/former gubernatorial candidate making baseless accusations of fraud. A better option? Nickajack Farms.

Progressive groups say American Rescue Plan funds should go toward paid leave

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As local officials in Ohio decide how to use American Rescue Plan funds, progressive groups are calling for expansions of paid family and medical leave.What You Need To Know In Ohio, most workers do not have paid family leave through their jobs because most employers are not required to provide it, said Will Petrik, who recently wrote a brief for Policy Matters Ohio explaining how American Rescue Plan funds could be used for paid leave.“Many employers and elected leaders hav...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As local officials in Ohio decide how to use American Rescue Plan funds, progressive groups are calling for expansions of paid family and medical leave.

What You Need To Know

In Ohio, most workers do not have paid family leave through their jobs because most employers are not required to provide it, said Will Petrik, who recently wrote a brief for Policy Matters Ohio explaining how American Rescue Plan funds could be used for paid leave.

“Many employers and elected leaders haven't devoted the resources to make sure that all Ohioans have this wellbeing and security that paid time off provides,” he said in an interview. “The pandemic has really highlighted how a lack of paid sick leave, paid family leave, can cause major disruptions to the overall workforce and just to people's lives.”

Several cities, including Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton ,offer paid family leave for municipal employees through programs that predated the pandemic. Petrik said stimulus funds can be used to expand programs for municipal employees in these cities, and they can be used to start similar programs in cities without paid leave.

About three dozen larger Ohio cities that received their stimulus funds directly from the federal government will soon receive a second round of relief dollars. Smaller local governments will also receive a second round of relief, but state lawmakers must first allocate their funds.

Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, said stimulus funds could also be used at the state level to set up a family and medical leave program that would be available to all workers in Ohio.

She introduced HB 491 which would create a fund that employees could pay $25-$30 into per month. It would give employees access to up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

“The federal funds certainly give us an opportunity to make some progress here,” she told Spectrum News. “Ohio is getting a second tranche of these federal recovery funds to the tune of $2.68 billion, so thinking about, you know, what are programs, what are benefits that we as a state can invest in that have a huge impact and return on investment in the long run is strategically very smart for us to do.”

Russo said the fund she has proposed would provide a state-administered program for any employee who doesn’t currently have access to paid family and medical leave through their employer and wants to pay in.

“In the case of paid family and medical leave, one of the things that we could do is use [stimulus funds] essentially as a glide path into a statewide program. For example, helping us set up pilot programs, helping us establish the actuarial studies needed to set the pricing for it. We’ve got an incredible opportunity with these federal relief funds to move this issue forward, we just need to have the political will to do that,” she said.

Petrik said expanding paid family and medical leave is consistent with the purpose of the American Rescue Plan, as doing so would provide stability to workers during this time of greater disruptions to work.

“At some point, all of us are going to need to take time away from work to recover from illness, to care for a sick or dying family member or to bond with a new baby or a newly adopted child, and all workers need that time to care for themselves and their family, and they shouldn't have to risk their job and economic security,” he said.

Russo said paid family and medical leave is essential for working families in Ohio to get through challenging times.

“Typically, lower income, lower hourly wage workers have not had access to this benefit, and as we learned during the pandemic, and really even before, this is essential for all workers, and a state-administered program would provide that access to all Ohioans,” she said.

TechCrunch Live is going to Columbus, OH — register and apply for the pitch-off!

TechCrunch Live is thrilled to announce a special event centered around Columbus, Ohio. On June 1, 2022, our crew is hosting an extended TechCrunch Live episode with Columbus investors, founders and business leaders. There’s even a pitch-off, and we’re looking for Columbus-area startups to apply and pitch.Register for the virtual event here, and apply for the pitch-off ...

TechCrunch Live is thrilled to announce a special event centered around Columbus, Ohio. On June 1, 2022, our crew is hosting an extended TechCrunch Live episode with Columbus investors, founders and business leaders. There’s even a pitch-off, and we’re looking for Columbus-area startups to apply and pitch.

Register for the virtual event here, and apply for the pitch-off here.

Why Columbus? Because it’s quickly becoming a major startup scene in the Midwest, especially in the areas of healthcare and insurance. More than $3 billion has been injected into the city over the past 20 years, according to Crunchbase data. Investment into the city startups started picking up around 2017 and really peaked in 2021. That’s when investment essentially doubled, going from $583 million in 2020 to just over $1 billion, with half of those dollars going into two companies: healthcare technology company Olive and autonomous robotics company Path Robotics. So far in 2022, $110 million has gone into Columbus startups.

Olive is now valued at over $4 billion and is among other Columbus success stories like CoverMyMeds, a healthcare software company that was acquired by the McKesson Corp. in 2017 for $1.4 billion, which represents Central Ohio’s first $1 billion exit. Root Insurance, which raised over $800 million since 2015, went public in 2020. Other notable raises include Forge Biologics’ $120 million Series B round, which was thought to be Ohio’s largest Series B to date. Forge plans to add 200 new jobs by 2023.

We hope you can attend this event! Like every TechCrunch Live event, it’s free to participate and attend. And like every TechCrunch Live event, it kicks off at 3:00 pm EDT/12:00 pm PDT, and this one happens on June 1, 2022.

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Raising startup capital (3:30 pm EDT)

Ohio isn’t Silicon Valley, and yet there are numerous venture capital funds eager to write checks to early-stage founders. Join this session and hear from two investors on which industries are thriving in Columbus, and which sort of founders fit best in this scene.

Work for a startup in Columbus (4:00 pm EDT)

Columbus, like many major American cities, is home to industry giants with hundreds of workers toiling away in cubicles. But startups are hiring! Hear from two local leaders on who’s hiring, and what startups look for in new employees.

Pitch Competition (4:20 pm EDT)

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Found Live with Claire Coder, CEO of Aunt Flow (5:00 pm EDT)

Aunt Flow is an innovative startup from Columbus, Ohio that supplies 23,000 bathrooms with essential feminine products. The company’s clients include Apple, Meta and more. Hear from the company’s CEO Claire Coder about the pains of raising capital in Ohio, and scaling her company to 40 employees during this special Found Live podcast recording.

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