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

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 Phoenix, AZ. 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 Phoenix'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 Phoenix. 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 Phoenix, AZ. 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 Phoenix,
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 Phoenix, AZ, 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 Phoenix, AZ.

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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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Road Safety Action plan set to be presented to Phoenix city council

Copy This Embed Code: Ad PHOENIX — On average, there are 83 daily crashes daily in Phoenix.Every other day, a crash costs someone their life.In a single year, that is 190 people... enough to fill a Boeing 737 plane.If that Boeing 737 were to crash with no surviving passengers each year, think about what the reaction would be.The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department included that statistic in its presentation that will go in front of the City Council at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday....

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PHOENIX — On average, there are 83 daily crashes daily in Phoenix.

Every other day, a crash costs someone their life.

In a single year, that is 190 people... enough to fill a Boeing 737 plane.

If that Boeing 737 were to crash with no surviving passengers each year, think about what the reaction would be.

The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department included that statistic in its presentation that will go in front of the City Council at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Road Safety Action Plan is something Operation Safe Roads has followed closely since the City Council first approved the plan's development back in March of 2021.

Since then, work has continued on to evaluate current data, talk with the community, and develop solutions that can be implemented over time with the largest impact on saving lives.

"So, a couple of things with getting the council approval is it first directs our focus, so the strategies so how we're going to make our roads safer, but then it also allocates resources - staffing and funding wise to be able to target and work on reducing those serious injuries and fatalities," Director Kini Knudson said. "But, I think the one thing that's very important as well is, with the federal infrastructure law that was passed last fall, there are specific programs in there that once we have an action plan that's been approved, we're going to be eligible as city to be able to compete for funding at the federal level to help make our roadways safer."

The hope is to allocate $10 million a year to this effort.

The work is critical with Phoenix officials reporting, that they saw their highest number ever of traffic fatalities last year at 231.

Residents can attend the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting in person at 200 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, Arizona 85003, or watch it online here. Operation Safe Roads will monitor it, as well.

Interested commuters may also view the report ahead of the meeting here.

Have a road issue or a question for Operation Safe Roads? Email [email protected] or call 833-AZ-ROADS

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Personalized Arizona plates spark controversy for ADOT: Here's what you should know

PHOENIX - Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division's policies are under scrutiny regarding personalized license plates that people are allowed to have in Arizona.Here's what you should know about Arizona's personalized license plate policy, and the controversy currently surrounding it.What are personalized license plates?According to the ADOT website, drivers in the state are allowed to have personalized lice...

PHOENIX - Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division's policies are under scrutiny regarding personalized license plates that people are allowed to have in Arizona.

Here's what you should know about Arizona's personalized license plate policy, and the controversy currently surrounding it.

What are personalized license plates?

According to the ADOT website, drivers in the state are allowed to have personalized license plates, for an extra fee and provided the personalized plates don't run afoul of certain rules.

What other rules?

On Sept. 6, ADOT officials forwarded their policy to FOX 10 regarding personalized license plates, citing a portion of the Arizona Administrative Code.

The Division shall reject the application if the requested plate number:

In 2019, we reported on how certain personalized plates are found to be obscene, and not allowed by ADOT.

"As people know, we have a fairly substantial list of license plates that have been rejected for various reasons," said Doug Nick with ADOT, in our 2019 report.

At the time, we reported that we received 700 pages of double-sided, single-spaced personalized requests that were rejected. The requests go back to 2004, and they were all rejected for different reasons including profanities, swear words, and drug-related words.

On Sept. 6, ADOT officials said that some words on the request sheets are no longer flagged, as some phrases and words have become more generally accepted among the public.

"If you put in an obviously profane word, it’s going to kick you out right away," said Nick, on Sept. 6.

What's the problem this time around with these personalized plates?

There are currently several anti-President Joe Biden and anti-Anthony Fauci plates that were approved and are on the road. Some plates include:

It should be noted that while "FFAUCI" has already been rescinded, the other two haven't been. Meanwhile, anti-Former President Donald Trump plates were reportedly denied.

What are ADOT officials saying?

We asked Nick as to why the three plates mentioned above managed to get through the system.

"It seems like there are a lot of checks and balances here, so how did B1DNSUX (Biden Sucks) get through onto the streets?" Nick was asked.

"Those are some things that a computer isn’t necessarily going to know, every name out there, of every politician," Nick replied.

"But it would know the word ‘sux’ though," Nick was asked. "'Sux' is flagged 150+ times."

"Well, when you’re dealing with computers, it's not going to be perfect," Nick replied. "That’s political speech, and we want to be mindful of people’s rights to say things that may be on edge."

"It seems interesting that [F-Trump] rescinded, no chance of that, but you can’t commit to B1DNSUX being removed from the road," Nick was asked.

"Well, ‘F’ is going to be a word that is clearly profane, but ‘SUX’ will be up for review, so I am not going to stand here today and say we made a decision because that's why we have human beings review this to say what is appropriate and what isn’t," Nick replied.

"'FORDSUX' is one of the names removed from the road. That’s not allowed. But you’re saying 'B1DNSUX' potentially could be allowed?" Nick was asked.

I'm just saying it’s under review," Nick replied. "We would be really remiss if we got political on this. So that’s what I’m saying: we're trying very hard to be non-partisan on any of this."

Bill Lamoriaux from ADOT said that the word "SUX" is not considered obscene because of contemporary American vernacular, but "F" is still considered to be obscene.

Have there been other problems with Arizona license plates before?

In 2020, we reported on a license plate issued by ADOT that sounds rather similar to "swastika."

I opened it and said, 'Great, it says swastika on it,'" said Joel Griego. "My cousins didn’t realize it. They’re like, 'Really?' And so I spelled it out for them, and they're like, 'wow.'"

"We took a look at that and realized that auto-generated plate and the interpretation was not something necessarily a computer would recognize," said Doug Nick with the Motor Vehicle Department, in 2020.

How many Arizona cars have personalized plates?

According to data from the MVD in 2020, 4.5 million, or 51% of the registered plates in Arizona, are auto-generated on the classic desert background. 184,029 are vanity plates.

ADOT officials also say they get about 6,000 personalized plate requests a month.

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Arizona students are testing better, but many are still not passing

The statewide testing is for grades 3-8, and assesses skills in English, math and science.PHOENIX — Arizona's latest test scores are higher than previous years, but a large percentage of kids are still failing to pass the testing.Results are in for Arizona's 2021-2022 Statewide Assessment, and while there's been some improvement, the scores are not entirely worth celebrating.The statewide assessment measures test scores in English, math, and science for students in grades third through eighth.Data shows a 3-...

The statewide testing is for grades 3-8, and assesses skills in English, math and science.

PHOENIX — Arizona's latest test scores are higher than previous years, but a large percentage of kids are still failing to pass the testing.

Results are in for Arizona's 2021-2022 Statewide Assessment, and while there's been some improvement, the scores are not entirely worth celebrating.

The statewide assessment measures test scores in English, math, and science for students in grades third through eighth.

Data shows a 3-percentage point increase in English and Language Arts when compared to the previous school year. There also was a 2-percentage point increase in math scores. However, only 41% of Arizona students passed the English and Language Arts section, while only 33% passed math.

"We always want our students to achieve and be proficient at 100%," said Dr. Lupita Hightower, the superintendent of the Tolleson Elementary School District.

She says the Tolleson district also noticed students performing better on the tests.

"So grade level by grade level we had increases in some cases were 5%, in some cases were 13% in some cases 16%," she said.

And after a tumultuous schoolyear during the height of COVID-19, Hightower said it was nice to see some improvements.

"We were quite thrilled to see that the growth that our students had from year-to-year was significant in our school district, and it was higher than the state trend for growth," she said.

However, when asked if the Tolleson district is performing at the level Hightower wants, the superintendent said she'd like her schools to do better.

"We still have so much more growth in our district and state and we're continuing to work on," she said. "In fact, this year we revamped our plan to ensure the instruction is relevant and rigorous beyond where it needs to be."

And it's already in motion. School officials have met with teachers, parents and other staff to help make the Five-Year Vision plan a success.

"It makes us proud because we have a team that's working extremely hard," Hightower added.

One thing Dr. Hightower mentioned was that the statewide test assessment was different from previous years, so they're really looking forward to the upcoming testing and its results to really be able to compare and see what improvements are being made.

12News reached out to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, as well as Tom Horne, who's running against Hoffman in this year's election, for comment but didn't hear back from them.

Catch up on the latest news and stories on our 12 News YouTube playlist here.

Apache Junction mobile home residents blindsided by sudden rent spike

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Some people living in Apache Junction are now faced with paying almost triple their rent, or they are forced to move out. They say they were blindsided when their property management company sent them a notice by mail. “I wanted to retire this year. I can’t do it now. I can’t retire,” renter Zane Proctor said.Proctor has lived in his mobile home with his wife, kids and dogs for years. He says he and his neighbors pay between three to six hundred dollars a month in rent....

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Some people living in Apache Junction are now faced with paying almost triple their rent, or they are forced to move out. They say they were blindsided when their property management company sent them a notice by mail. “I wanted to retire this year. I can’t do it now. I can’t retire,” renter Zane Proctor said.

Proctor has lived in his mobile home with his wife, kids and dogs for years. He says he and his neighbors pay between three to six hundred dollars a month in rent. “Everyone has been in this park 10 to 20 years,” Proctor said.

He and his neighbors recently received a letter in the mail. It says, “The new monthly rent will be $1000+, and if you agree, we can sign a new lease, or you can vacate this property via this 30 day notice.” It also says, “The change will kick in October 1.”

Renters say they got this letter just last week. That gives them a little over a month to make a decision. “Everybody was really upset about this because everyone got blindsided,” Proctor said.

“I don’t know what the reason behind it was,” another renter, David Godsey, said. We, too, wanted answers. Why is the rent going up this much? Why were these renters given such short notice?

The letter was sent by Lemon Holdings LLC. We showed up at their door after trying to get ahold of them through phone and email. Still, no one has responded. “It’s like these guys just don’t care,” Godsey said.

According to Zumper, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Apache Junction is $1,195. These renters say they know their current rent is fairly low; they just wish they were given more time to make arrangements. “We actually want to get out of here,” Godsey said. “But to do that when we were trying to get ahead so we could actually move, it hurts. It’s wrong.”

Arizona’s Family will continue to reach out to the property management company. Renters say they’ve also reached out with their questions and complaints and have not been able to get ahold of anyone. “They’re coming in, buying property and jacking up everything and it’s making it hard for normal, average people to live,” Proctor said. “I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to go.”

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AZ Clean Elections Commission silent on Hobbs request for separate town halls

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PHOENIX — Democratic candidate for Governor Katie Hobbs will soon learn how important debating is.

Hobbs said no to the invitation from the Arizona Clean Elections Commission to debate Republican candidate Kari Lake.

Hobbs is the first governor's candidate to decline an invitation since the Commission began hosting televised debates in 2002.

On Wednesday, Lake and Hobbs will appear at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's 2022 gubernatorial candidate forum.

It's not a debate.

The candidates will take the stage separately and speak directly to Chamber members about their policy priorities.

It may be the only time Lake and Hobbs are in the same room together leading to the November election.

Hobbs proposed the two candidates each do a 30-minute interview with moderator Ted Simons. Opening and closing statements will be included.

Republican political consultant Stan Barnes says whether there is a governor's debate or not may not even matter.

"There's a healthy amount of voters that will cast their ballot in November that will have no idea up until the time they cast their ballot that there was or wasn't a debate. So, they won't judge Katie Hobbs harshly or otherwise because they just won't know," Barnes said.

Over the years the Clean Election debates have been informative, insightful and at times embarrassing.

In 2010, Governor Jan Brewer lost her train of thought during her opening statement and went silent for more than 10 seconds, but the gaff did not cost her the election.

"The average voter is making a holistic value judgment about their candidate who they decide to support. In part, based on key issues that the voter feels are important," Barnes said, "but much more, it's about likability, perception and all the soft side not the hard side."

Barnes believes the Hobbs campaign decided it's better to take the political hit early by declining to debate rather than have their candidate on stage with Kari Lake.

"Do we want to take the pain of standing on the stage with someone very good at putting it to you verbally," Barnes added.

The Clean Elections Commission has not responded to the Hobbs proposal.

Democratic political consultant Tony Valdovinos of La Machine Consulting says the Hobbs proposal makes the most sense for voters.

"Folks would rather vote for somebody that is going to really focus on policy moving the state forward versus fueling rhetoric that splits the community in a negative way," Valdovinos said.

That may be true, but Hobbs refused to debate her primary opponent Marco Lopez and that does allow voters to wonder if the Democratic candidate won't debate because she can't debate.

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