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

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 Minneapolis, MN. 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 Minneapolis'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 Minneapolis. 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 Minneapolis, MN. 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 Minneapolis,
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 Minneapolis, MN, 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 Minneapolis, MN.

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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

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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In this reader response column, our business columnist admits he fell for conventional wisdom about inflation, which economists here in Minnesota challenged 50 years ago.December 16Myplas USA plans to recycle 90 million pounds of plastic annually at the $30 million plant.December 14Small wins can turn a Main Street around, experts say.More than 300 have contracted salmonella in 42 states in outbreak tied to cantaloupe....

In this reader response column, our business columnist admits he fell for conventional wisdom about inflation, which economists here in Minnesota challenged 50 years ago.

December 16

Myplas USA plans to recycle 90 million pounds of plastic annually at the $30 million plant.

December 14

Small wins can turn a Main Street around, experts say.

More than 300 have contracted salmonella in 42 states in outbreak tied to cantaloupe.

Business Is your company on the list of Minnesota's 2022 Top Workplaces?

Worker expectations change at Minnesota firms as pandemic retreats.

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December 16

Daily life for most Americans is filled with reminders that almost everything is more expensive.

December 15

The Timberwolves are the hottest ticket in town and among the best teams in the NBA. If these longtime providers of disappointment haven't captured your attention yet, it might just be a matter of time.

Fewer companies produce the fertilizer and seed for farmers. There are also only a handful of major commodity buyers. Government prosecutors are taking a look.

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After the Federal Reserve Bank hinted at rate cuts in 2024, real estate experts think mortgage rates could follow suit and open up the housing market after a tight year.

Business With $324.2 billion in revenue, UnitedHealth again tops list of Minnesota public companies

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Good things come to those who shop downtown Minneapolis

Santa Bears line the display shelves at the Dayton's Project, button eyes twinkling as shoppers browse the downtown Minneapolis holiday market.This year's bears come dressed in knit caps and a 2023 sweater. Cashiers tuck each purchase into a reusable cloth tote bearing the image of the same bear. On busy days, lines for the bears can stretch through the former department store.From time to time, collectors ask whether they could just have a Santa Bear delivered instead of trekking to Nicollet Mall.No, Mich Berthiaume tel...

Santa Bears line the display shelves at the Dayton's Project, button eyes twinkling as shoppers browse the downtown Minneapolis holiday market.

This year's bears come dressed in knit caps and a 2023 sweater. Cashiers tuck each purchase into a reusable cloth tote bearing the image of the same bear. On busy days, lines for the bears can stretch through the former department store.

From time to time, collectors ask whether they could just have a Santa Bear delivered instead of trekking to Nicollet Mall.

No, Mich Berthiaume tells them. Come downtown.

Good things come to those who come downtown.

"We've got to get people down here," said Berthiaume, a retail expert. She worked all year to prepare for this six-week Winter Maker's Market, hoping to give shoppers a reason to stop by this season.

Come for the Santa Bears, stay for everything else this city has to offer.

"Downtown's open," she said. "You can go to the theater, you can go to Zelo, you can go to a sporting event. It's wide open."

The same Waterford crystal chandeliers that lit the way for Dayton's customers in the 1920s glow over the heads of shoppers browsing displays from 80 small retailers, including dozens of new shops and artists Berthiaume recruited this year.

Office workers shopped for holiday gifts on their lunch breaks. Santa Bear collectors stayed to fill their shopping baskets.

Parents and grandparents led a tour of the refurbished Dayton's, pointing youngsters toward the spaces that hold their favorite memories. That's where the Sky Room used to be. That's where we registered for our wedding china. That's where we met Santa Claus for the very first time.

Outside on the street? That's where Minnesotans used to come together to watch the holiday parades, night after night, decade after decade.

The Mall of America might have had roller coasters and a Rainforest Cafe, but downtown Minneapolis had Holidazzle. Some things you could only find downtown. Good things came to those who came downtown.

When 21 nights of holiday parades grew too costly, Holidazzle reinvented itself as an outdoor winter market. The city filled Loring Park with vendors, ice skaters, lights, music, animatronic yetis, live alpacas. The air in the park smelled like cinnamon and cocoa.

But even that grew too expensive. The Minneapolis Downtown Council cancelled Holidazzle this year.

Which leaves downtown's biggest boosters with the job of convincing visitors that there's so much more to do downtown than touring the empty spaces where the things we liked used to be.

So they brought in artists to decorate the shop windows along Nicollet Mall. They filled vacant retail space with pop up shops. They organized weeks of holiday concerts inside downtown skyscrapers and opened the City Center for roller skating.

Foot traffic on Nicollet Mall is 30% lower than it was before the pandemic, but the number of feet on the street have been going up month after month this year. Only 65% percent of downtown office workers are back at their desks. How you look at that statistic depends on whether you see your downtown as one-third empty or two-thirds full.

Downtowns may no longer be places where people have to come to work every day. So cities will just have to make downtown the sort of place people want to come.

Adam Duininck, brand-new president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, made his way through the winter market, angling for a booth that had caught his daughter's eye the other day.

Shopkeeper Katie White beamed as she showed off her polymer jewelry creations. The business had started as art therapy at the Mayo Clinic while she was waiting for a heart transplant. The nurses liked her creations so much, she started selling them.

Around her, other makers set out displays of everything from pottery to parkas. The sort of gifts you can't order on Amazon. The sort of quirky, cool shops you might want to browse for yourself.

"We just want people to come downtown and spend time here," Duininck said, as White tucked his purchases – unidentified, in case any 10-year-olds are reading the newspaper today — into a gift bag.

The more, the merrier. One person comes downtown and has a great time, they tell a friend, that friend tells a friend and eventually it's no longer news that people downtown are having a perfectly nice time.

"Come shop, come eat, come see a play," he said. "Come for the full downtown experience."

You can find a running list of places to go and things to do downtown at mplsdowntown.com.

Target asks HQ employees to work periodically at downtown Minneapolis offices

Target Corp. will recall workers to its downtown Minneapolis headquarters at least one week per quarter.Employees on Monday received a newsletter from management requesting that for four weeks during 2024 they return full time to Target's three downtown Minneapolis office buildings on Nicollet Mall.This week's news is seen as a bit of an olive branch to many downtown boosters and restaurant owners who had signaled frustration with Target and asked it to recall more workers back to the struggling area."Some of us are...

Target Corp. will recall workers to its downtown Minneapolis headquarters at least one week per quarter.

Employees on Monday received a newsletter from management requesting that for four weeks during 2024 they return full time to Target's three downtown Minneapolis office buildings on Nicollet Mall.

This week's news is seen as a bit of an olive branch to many downtown boosters and restaurant owners who had signaled frustration with Target and asked it to recall more workers back to the struggling area.

"Some of us are more patient, and some of us are less patient. There's a lot of urgency in getting more workers downtown," said Downtown Council CEO and President Adam Duininck. "Some of us just want to see the light switch flipped on and have workers all back. But the fact of the matter is that progress will remain incremental."

Target officials said the request for the four weeks of downtown work is not a mandate and should affect 7,100 workers.

The effort is not seen as a retreat from Target's desire to have a hybrid workforce, the company said, and already more employees are working downtown part-time.

"On average, 35% of our Twin Cities-based team visits headquarters at least one time per week," the company said in a statement.

Target, before the pandemic, employed more people in downtown Minneapolis than any other company. Its leaders, though, fully embraced the hybrid work model in 2021 and remodeled the headquarters buildings to allow for flex space and other features to support workers splitting time between office and home.

The company also announced in 2021 it was vacating 985,000 square feet of space in City Center as part of the hybrid model. Target had occupied 37 floors of the 51-story City Center tower. The decision affected 3,500 workers, many of whom were technically reassigned to Target's Brooklyn Park campus.

Target reported having 8,500 workers in downtown Minneapolis as recently as February 2020 and now counts 7,100.

The latest communication from Target is modest, city officials said, but the effort shows the company is trying to do its part to have more workers downtown even on a part-time basis.

"I'm excited about the news," Duininck said.

Having more workers downtown will not only be an economic win for vendors but also populate the streets and help people feel safer, Duininck said.

While Target's effort differs from what many other employers are doing, it could still inject "seven figures" into downtown annually as workers go out for lunch and happy hours and frequent shops, restaurants and bars, Duininck said.

To restaurant owner David Fhima the news is definitely a start.

"I think it's amazing," said Fhima, who used to see big swells of Target employees come for happy hours at his Fhima's restaurant in the City Center prior to the pandemic.

Business has been slow since then, he said, adding that he previously criticized Target for not being quick enough in bringing workers back downtown.

"They are such a valuable piece of our community and such big leaders in so many things that involve our community that people look at them as leading the charge. And so when that was not happening, it was disappointing," Fhima said.

Duininck noted that most other employers recalled their workers back into the office at least two or three days a week starting in 2022.

Currently, about 65% of downtown Minneapolis workers are back in their offices on a hybrid basis, according to the Council.

That is way up from the 35% to 40% the group reported one year ago. Duininck said he would like employers to expand their hybrid recall plans and add an extra day to the week that have workers coming back into the office.

Target's new "core event" weeks will take place during its quarterly earnings release weeks and during the company's fall national meeting in September, said spokesman Brian Harper-Tibaldo.

Target managers already had been informally holding events downtown and bringing workers together. The new request structures things and puts specific dates on future get togethers, he said.

"For 2024, we've identified four core weeks [that are] tied to important milestones for our business, when we'll host enterprise events in Minneapolis to drive connectedness, celebrate our team and build our internal culture," Target said in the statement. "While large team moments like this aren't new, we're being thoughtful about selecting the specific weeks well in advance, and we've communicated them early to help our remote and 'flex-for-your-day' team members plan for the year ahead."

Earlier this week the Minneapolis Foundation issued a new report about the reimagining of downtown Minneapolis. The report stressed that downtown boosters can't count on workers ever working full-time from company offices.

The proposal explores converting Nicollet Mall, which Target headquarters buildings straddle, into a bus-free/pedestrian-only "entertainment boulevard." Other ideas would allow people to walk downtown with alcoholic drinks and do more to blend living, work and play in the area.

26,000+ Daily: Where Delta Air Lines’ Minneapolis Transit Passengers Actually Go

Minneapolis remains one of Delta's busiest hubs. In the past year, booking data suggests that more than 9.5 million passengers connected with the carrier there, equivalent to 26,000 daily – a phenomenal amount.Examining non-stop destinations and the number of flights and capacity at a hub is crucial: along with the schedul...

Minneapolis remains one of Delta's busiest hubs. In the past year, booking data suggests that more than 9.5 million passengers connected with the carrier there, equivalent to 26,000 daily – a phenomenal amount.

Examining non-stop destinations and the number of flights and capacity at a hub is crucial: along with the schedules, they contribute significantly to the extent and strength of connectivity. However, examining where passengers went – the subject of this article – provides a different layer of information.

Where Detroit passengers went

It should not surprise you that the vast bulk of Delta's transit passengers (~91%) were domestic, based on analyzing booking data. Those connecting from Canada across the US over Minneapolis comprised the second-largest market, although about 14 times smaller than domestic.

WestJet now serves the Minnesota hub from Edmonton and Saskatoon to feed partner Delta, with its third route (Regina) starting in April 2024.

The rest of the top 10 country pairs were Mexico (via Minneapolis) across the US, South Korea-US, Japan-US, France-US, Netherlands-US, UK-US, Iceland-US, and Dominican Republic-US. When combined, they had fewer passengers than Canada-US alone.

Minneapolis' top 15 O&Ds

As befits a considerable hub with 135+ destinations served by Delta and fellow SkyTeam carriers in the examined 12 months, the extent of potential airport-level markets (such as Bismarck-New Orleans) is considerable, even if most are pretty minimal in traffic terms.

The accumulative effect of so many spokes, especially with decent frequencies, drives hub connectivity and 'power.' It dictates competitiveness, passenger traffic, revenue, loads, and much more.

Delta's top 15 O&Ds are as follows. While somewhat difficult to 'read,' the map below shows these in relation to Minneapolis' position. You can see how well-placed the hub generally is for these O&Ds. Circuity (how much farther is traveled versus a non-stop) is often relatively minimal, reducing travel time and increasing competitiveness and usability.

Milwaukee to Los Angeles

Milwaukee has minimal non-stop flights to the West Coast, with Portland (OR), San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego unserved. (San Diego gains weekly Southwest service next summer.) Given Minneapolis's good geographical position relative to Milwaukee, it is no wonder the Wisconsin city appears five times on the top 15 list.

This includes Minneapolis' most popular transit segment, Milwaukee-Los Angeles. Flying via the Minnesota hub adds just 4% more miles to what a non-stop flight would be. Delta has four daily flights in each direction via Minneapolis, with a typical two-to-three-hour transit time.

In the past year, all airlines carried ~120,000 roundtrip passengers between Milwaukee and Los Angeles, with 164 passengers daily each way. (This excludes passengers leaked to Chicago.) While Southwest transported the most traffic, Delta was the second-largest operator.

Have you transited through Minneapolis recently? If so, share your experiences in the comments.

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