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

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 Indianapolis, IN. 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 Indianapolis’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 Indianapolis. 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 Indianapolis, IN. 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 Indianapolis,
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 Indianapolis, IN, 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 Indianapolis, IN.

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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Indy seeks development ideas for City Market plaza and soon-to-be former jail

Indianapolis is seeking development ideas to reuse the plaza east of City Market and the soon-to-be vacant privately run jail along East Washington Street, two properties critical to the ongoing effort to reinvigorate the downtown area known as the East Market District.The downtown district, running primarily along Market and Washington streets, has been bursting with change over the past few years: the 360 Market Squar...

Indianapolis is seeking development ideas to reuse the plaza east of City Market and the soon-to-be vacant privately run jail along East Washington Street, two properties critical to the ongoing effort to reinvigorate the downtown area known as the East Market District.

The downtown district, running primarily along Market and Washington streets, has been bursting with change over the past few years: the 360 Market Square and Whole Foods project opened in 2018. The city last month reopened E. Market Street right in front of City Market after months of construction to rehabilitate the road. The historic Old City Hall and the City-County Building — which will soon be 50% vacant due to employees moving to the new Community Justice Campus — also await redevelopment.

Now, the city is soliciting proposals to reuse Jail II at 730 E. Washington St., near Sun King, and for the largely empty space next to City Market. Funding could come from a variety of federal grants or other tax tools such as a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement or a tax increment financing district that uses the increase in property values to cover the cost of the improvements.

The city seeks a housing-focused redevelopment in the market's east wing, while offering more mixed-use possibilities for the jail.

“These redevelopments represent a monumental opportunity to define the next era of downtown Indianapolis,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. “It is no secret that COVID-19 has created unique challenges for downtown districts around the country. However, with strategic investments in housing, retail, and public spaces, we can build a more resilient urban core.”

Affordable housing in City Market

The plaza east of City Market holds potential to attract more customers to the historic building, which struggled during the pandemic with a loss in foot traffic and the ongoing construction at its front door.

An analysis presented to the City Market board in October suggested that the plazas surrounding the market be used as public spaces. For instance, the market's east wing could feature an outdoor rock-climbing wall or an indoor-outdoor playground, the report suggested.

But the city instead will seek to develop housing in the east wing of the market, according to the request for proposals. At least 5% of the housing units should be leased to tenants making 30% of the area's median income, or 10% of units listed for tenants making 50%, the request for proposals states.

The wing's first floor must offer retail space for the bike hub that currently exists there, according to city guidelines in the request for proposals document. The YMCA location in the wing has closed.

The market's east plaza, meanwhile, could be used as a public space.

Another requirement: making the area inviting and accessible to potentially boost business to tenants in the market.

"The lack of visibility and clarity around public parking creates the perception of a lack of parking," the request for proposals states. "This challenge will need to be overcome through a creative approach that works to minimize the addition of new parking to the area."

The city also hopes to make more pedestrian use of the alley north of the market, half of which is privately owned.

Proposals for the site are due March 11.

Engaging business in former jail

The Jail II site and Arrestee Processing Center, located at 730 E. Washington St. and 752 E. Market St., respectively, will both soon be empty as inmates are transferred to the new Community Justice Campus.

Both buildings were initially manufacturing sites for the Cole Motor Car Company, constructed between 1911 and 1922, according to the request for proposals. The business later closed in 1925, but the building continued to house a number of industrial tenants, including the Service Supply Company.

Indianapolis acquired the building in 1996 to house its second jail.

The city is open to a wide range of uses for the site, from housing, hotel and office space to public-facing commercial businesses. The historic façade of the building should be maintained, the city outlines in its request for proposals.

The project would ideally strengthen "the gateway between the downtown and the near east side," the request for proposal states.

"Uses that are more passive in nature and minimize activity at the site, such as self-storage facilities, are not desired," the proposal states.

Marion County's other jail near the Pacers' stadium, which is now empty of detainees, will still house the forensics lab until the new lab is built at the Community Justice Campus. There is not yet an immediate plan for that building's redevelopment.

Proposals for the Jail II site are due April 1.

Call IndyStar reporter Amelia Pak-Harvey at 317-444-6175 or email her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @AmeliaPakHarvey.

Minority contractors selected to build new medical manufacturing facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Bloomington-based company is sticking to its commitment to diversity as it builds a new facility in Indianapolis.Cook Medical vowed to hire only minority contractors for the project. Harmon Construction representatives said the current push for more di...

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Bloomington-based company is sticking to its commitment to diversity as it builds a new facility in Indianapolis.

Cook Medical vowed to hire only minority contractors for the project. Harmon Construction representatives said the current push for more diversity, equity and inclusion helped make something like this a reality.

“We’ve taken that bull by the horn. It’s a 100% minority project built in the neighborhood and we’re working with people in the neighborhood,” Harmon Construction CEO Bill Harmon said.

Harmon has served Indiana for three generations. And for this project, the company is brining in 20 other companies headed by other minorities, women and veterans.

“If you were to have asked that question before, no,” Willie Harmon, the company’s president, said. “In our wildest dreams did we ever think we were going to get where we are at now? But the last couple years has changed that priority.”

The manufacturing facility sits in the heart of a predominately Black community where many live near the poverty line. It is estimated more than 100 jobs will be created.

“They’ve bound together all these other minority contractors to participate in some form or fashion,” Nick Lunn, the owner of Cornerstone Construction, said. “That’s huge.”

Lunn also works with the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council, an agency that helps foster relationships between minority-owned businesses and corporations.

“We’re all blended together to make something very beautiful, which is our community,” he said.

Lunn says it’s vital work, as minorities often lose out on major contracts. But the Harmons say this opportunity is a step in the right direction.

“It’s not just Cook, Goodwill,” Bill Harmon said. “We’ve had many new customers within the last year knock on our door.”

Project representatives say they hope to have things wrapped up in the next few weeks, and will be planning a community open house.

Colts' Mike Strachan 'just wasn't ready' for bigger role in 2021

The Indianapolis Colts still have high hopes for wide receiver Mike Strachan, who spent the 2021 season acclimating to life in the NFL.The seventh-round pick was a healthy scratch for the majority of the season but was on the active roster for the entirety of it. He played a combined 62 snaps (15%) on offense with 52 of them coming in Weeks 1-2. After Week 9, Strachan didn’t see the field at all.General manager Chris Ballard told the media in his year-end press conference that Strachan simply wasn’t ready to take on...

The Indianapolis Colts still have high hopes for wide receiver Mike Strachan, who spent the 2021 season acclimating to life in the NFL.

The seventh-round pick was a healthy scratch for the majority of the season but was on the active roster for the entirety of it. He played a combined 62 snaps (15%) on offense with 52 of them coming in Weeks 1-2. After Week 9, Strachan didn’t see the field at all.

General manager Chris Ballard told the media in his year-end press conference that Strachan simply wasn’t ready to take on a bigger role in the offense but that the team still sees him as a player with immense upside.

“Just wasn’t ready. Really talented guy. We have high hopes for him,” Ballard said. “Like him. He has upside. We think he has a bright future.”

At 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds, Strachan has the build to be a game-changer. His strong showing during training camp and the preseason had many excited that the Colts may have found a diamond in the rough—one that could contribute much earlier than expected.

But the adjustment to the NFL is difficult. This is especially true for Day 3 wide receivers and it only gets harder considering Strachan was coming out of Division-II Charleston and had already taken a year off due to COVID-19.

“I think the year off, small school,” Ballard said. “I think the one position that is hard when you come into the league is wideout because these corners are really good and then the defensive coordinators are really good at disguising the coverage. And in our offense the adjustments you have to make on the run, it was just all new to him.”

The athleticism and size that Strachan brings to the boundary are certainly exciting. Working on his technique off the line and nuance when it comes to his route stems is what the Bahamas native will be working on entering Year 2.

With a need at wide receiver, there is an opportunity for Strachan to work in a bigger role for the 2022 season as long as his game continues to progress in the right direction.

Indiana sees rent prices increase, as nation starts to see decrease

Rent prices in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana have been increasing throughout the pandemic higher than normal inflation.It is a trend happening nationwide, and some economists say if you are looking to rent, now is the time to get in on a good deal because prices could keep climbing.Local real estate broker Tamika Patterson says she’s seen the increase firsthand, and it may be because of the number of people looking to rent.“We’re in that thing with supply and demand. There’s not a l...

Rent prices in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana have been increasing throughout the pandemic higher than normal inflation.

It is a trend happening nationwide, and some economists say if you are looking to rent, now is the time to get in on a good deal because prices could keep climbing.

Local real estate broker Tamika Patterson says she’s seen the increase firsthand, and it may be because of the number of people looking to rent.

“We’re in that thing with supply and demand. There’s not a lot of houses out here to buy. People are having to build. And they are having to wait long times to build, so in the interim, they have to go ahead and rent something within that time. And the rental people are kind of taking advantage of that cause they know it’s not a lot of houses out here for people to buy right now,” Patterson said.

Throughout the year 2021, rent went up by almost 18% across the nation. Indiana saw about a 15% increase and the Circle City saw about 13.

Recently from the time between Thanksgiving to Christmas prices dropped slightly across the country down by 0.2%. They went up slightly for Hoosiers by 0.% and 0.6 for the city of Indianapolis.

“We have started to see things moderate a little bit, so I think that hopefully the worse of this really rapid rent growth is hopefully behind us, but it’s hard to say for sure. I would expect that rents are going to continue to trend upwards. I think the rate of growth is slowing, but I don’t think we’re going to see that reverse,” said Apartment List senior housing economist Chris Salviati.

“I think the fact that rents are still trending upward in Indiana is I think probably a sign that the market is remaining a little bit hotter than other parts of the country. So, hopefully, things are starting to cool off, but we are talking about a really hot rent market right now.”

Patterson says if you’re looking to rent, it is best to do your research.

“We have a lot of people moving into town. Indianapolis is actually growing pretty rapidly. Of course, a lot of people, when they come in town, they want to live somewhere where it might be something. Like the Broad Ripple area, the downtown area, where things are going on and things are easily accessible. So just kind of pay attention to the areas. Those areas are obviously going to cost more to rent in.”

Experts believe it’s hard to point out just one cause of the increase, but one thing might be there are a lot more people looking to rent and with real estate prices soaring, would-be buyers are being forced back into rentals.

Skender boosts its presence in Indiana

Skender has boosted its presence in Indiana and hired Jamie Nieves, an economic and business development professional and Indiana native.As vice president of business relationships, Nieves will work with Brian Simons, vice president, who heads Skender’s Indianapolis office and oversees construction teams.Skender began work in Indiana in early 2020 and has been involved in the construction of significant healthcare, retail and office projects totaling m...

Skender has boosted its presence in Indiana and hired Jamie Nieves, an economic and business development professional and Indiana native.

As vice president of business relationships, Nieves will work with Brian Simons, vice president, who heads Skender’s Indianapolis office and oversees construction teams.

Skender began work in Indiana in early 2020 and has been involved in the construction of significant healthcare, retail and office projects totaling more than 1 million square feet throughout the state.

Nieves joins Skender from Indianapolis-based DBE/MBE engineering consulting firm Shrewsberry & Associates, where she was director of business development. Prior to moving back to her home state of Indiana, Nieves was business development manager at engineering firm ECS Southeast in North Carolina and held senior economic development roles at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development and Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.

As a leader in business retention and expansion, Nieves has secured more than $86 million in capital investment for Midwest communities and hundreds of jobs throughout the communities she has served.

Nieves holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and finance from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and she began her career in the architecture, construction and engineering industry with Gibraltar Design in Indianapolis.

Skender is a national construction firm with strong Midwestern roots and award-winning new construction and renovation projects in healthcare, lab sciences, office, multifamily, mixed-use and other building types. In Indiana, Skender has completed or is in process on multiple projects including:

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Bloomington, Indiana

Skender partnered with F.A. Wilhelm to build the new IU Health Bloomington Regional Academic Health Center on the campus of Indiana University. The state-of-the-art complex, which opened in December 2021, includes 620,000 square feet for in-patient and out-patient clinical services, and 115,000 square feet for academic instruction.

IU Health Capital ProjectsIndianapolis, Indiana

Skender has been engaged in the planning and construction of capital and infrastructure projects with IU Health, and the team anticipates construction to commence in 2022.

Allen CrossingsFort Wayne, Indiana

In partnership with Echo Development, Skender will begin construction on a multi-unit, 11-acre retail development near the Parkview Hospital campus in northwest Fort Wayne in spring 2022.

Aspire Indiana Health ClinicIndianapolis, Indiana

Skender has commenced the demolition and renovation of an existing clinical space to create a new full-service clinic for the nonprofit healthcare provider to serve the northeast side of Indianapolis.

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