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

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 Raleigh, NC. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Raleigh’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 Raleigh. 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 Raleigh, NC. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Raleigh,
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 Raleigh, NC, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Raleigh, NC.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Winter storm impacts shift east, changing snow total expectations and timing

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Big changes in the winter storm forecast have changed where the worst of the weather will hit.The coastal low pressure is setting up farther south and east, means the area west of Interstate 95 will have drier-than-expected air.That's why those areas are no longer under a winter storm warning. Instead, they have been downgraded to a winter storm advisory.Rain chances increase around noon Thursday. Temperatures Thursday will be in the upper 40s, but they will begin dropping in the afternoon....

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Big changes in the winter storm forecast have changed where the worst of the weather will hit.

The coastal low pressure is setting up farther south and east, means the area west of Interstate 95 will have drier-than-expected air.

That's why those areas are no longer under a winter storm warning. Instead, they have been downgraded to a winter storm advisory.

Rain chances increase around noon Thursday. Temperatures Thursday will be in the upper 40s, but they will begin dropping in the afternoon.

Around 3-5 p.m. the rain could turn to a snow/sleet mix around the North Carolina-Virginia border. That will continue through the evening with the wintry mix pushing south into the Triangle and Sandhills by 10 p.m.

After midnight, the majority of precipitation in the region is sleet, but it is not expected to be constant and widespread. Temperatures will drop into the low 20s overnight Thursday into Friday

"Accumulation looks to be less than 1 inch, maybe a light dusting for spots. But if you have to work overnight, like we do, there's a chance there'll be some slick spots in the morning hours Friday," ABC11 Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy explained.

The storm could pickup throughout the region all day Friday with a snow and wintry mix possible in most places. You'll likely see more wintry mix in the afternoon and evening hours Friday.

But again, the drier air will likely mean the storm will not consist of widespread, prolonged downpours of snow and sleet.

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The Sandhills and areas east of Wake County can expect a dusting to an inch of snowfall.

Wake County and areas northeast around Franklin and Warren counties should be prepared for 1-2 inches of snow accumulation.

The heaviest snowfall is expected in areas near Nash, Halifax and Edgecombe counties.

Ice accumulation is also possible in some spots. The areas most likely to see ice accumulation are south and near I-95, such as Cumberland, Sampson and Bladen counties.

SEE ALSO: How to survive power outages in the winter

Due to the possible inclement weather, some schools and businesses may decide to close. You can check up-to-date closings here.

If you are in charge of closings for a school of business, the only way to report your organization's closing or delay to ABC11 is by using our online system. The phone system that was used in the past is not operational. Your ID code from the phone system remains the same and it also serves as your Pass Code into the online system.If you would like to register your organization with ABC11, please email the following information to [email protected] Please do not mail closing information to this email address.

Organization Name:Type of Organization: (school, church, business, daycare, government office)Mailing Address:Organization's Phone Number:Contact Person:Contact's Email:Contact's Mobile Phone:

Winter storm watch issued as some parts of central NC could see up to 6? of snow

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A winter storm watch will be in effect for all of central North Carolina from Thursday evening through Saturday morning.WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING: Accumulating snow, sleet, and ice. This is looking like a mainly freezing rain event for counties in the Sandhills and the Coastal Plain.TIMING: Mainly Friday afternoon and evening, but some snow and mix will be possible Thursday night behind a cold front.Our next weather maker will arrive on Thursday. Rain will be lik...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A winter storm watch will be in effect for all of central North Carolina from Thursday evening through Saturday morning.

WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING: Accumulating snow, sleet, and ice. This is looking like a mainly freezing rain event for counties in the Sandhills and the Coastal Plain.

TIMING: Mainly Friday afternoon and evening, but some snow and mix will be possible Thursday night behind a cold front.

Our next weather maker will arrive on Thursday. Rain will be likely as a cold front moves through during the day. After highs in the 40s, temperatures will fall late in the day and some rain will change to light snow in the afternoon and evening.

The best chance for this to happen will be in areas from the Triangle to the northeast. Any light snow will end early Thursday evening. Up to an inch of snow will be possible in those areas.

That front will stall along our coast on Friday and low pressure will move up along it. With cold arctic air in place, snow will develop during the afternoon and be around through Friday night. A winter storm watch will be in effect for mainly Friday across all of central North Carolina.

Snowfall amounts should be heaviest right across central North Carolina as it could reach up to 6 inches in some areas, including Raleigh. Lesser amounts are expected toward Virginia. Ice accumulations in the southern Coastal Plain and southern Sandhills could reach up to 1/3 inch.

Toward Fayetteville and Goldsboro some freezing rain and sleet will also be possible. What we get will all depend on where the area of low pressure sets up. The closer the low gets to central North Carolina, the more likely it is we will have a mix. The farther away the low pressure drifts, the better chance the cold air keeps our precipitation type as snow.

The storm system will move away early Saturday with just some early lingering snow flurries. It will then be dry the rest of the weekend, but it will stay cold. Highs on Friday will be in the 20s, look for 30s on Saturday and by Sunday highs will make it to 40.

Next week will be generally dry and continue cold with highs staying well below normal.

Rain, cold arrive in central NC; snow still coming Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Snow is still in the forecast Friday, but it’s mainly rain Thursday as the cold front moves through. Some of that rain late Thursday night will chance to some light snow, but little to no accumulation is expected.Temperatures will continue to drop late Thursday into Friday morning and by the morning commute Friday, temperatures will be in the 20s and there could be some icy spots on area roads. Feels like numbers Friday morning will be in the teens.The real snow event will be later Friday. A W...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Snow is still in the forecast Friday, but it’s mainly rain Thursday as the cold front moves through. Some of that rain late Thursday night will chance to some light snow, but little to no accumulation is expected.

Temperatures will continue to drop late Thursday into Friday morning and by the morning commute Friday, temperatures will be in the 20s and there could be some icy spots on area roads. Feels like numbers Friday morning will be in the teens.

The real snow event will be later Friday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of central North Carolina from late Thursday through early Saturday. However, areas from Clinton to Goldsboro to Wilson to Rocky Mount and Enfield will be under a Winter Storm Warning for the same time period due to higher impacts and more difficult travel expected.

Friday morning and early afternoon will be dry for many spots in central NC, but it will remain cold with highs in the 20s and wind chill temps in the teens.

Snow will start to overspread most of central North Carolina later Friday afternoon into Friday night and this is when most all of the accumulation will come. There is still a chance of freezing rain and ice accumulation southeast of the Triangle in the Sandhills, but not as much as last weekend.

While there was a shift in the forecast position of the low pressure bringing central NC snow, it is in the forecast, just in slightly lower amounts. Instead of some spots seeing up to 6 inches of snow, that total east of the Triangle could be 3″ to 5″ with most of the Triangle seeing 1 to 3 inches of snow.

There remains a good amount of uncertainty concerning the amount of snow that will fall. More shifts in the track of low pressure could lead to more changes in the snow forecast. Should the low drift farther away, snow totals could go down even more.

Ice accumulations could reach ¼ of an inch in Sampson County down by Clinton.

The storm system will move away early Saturday morning with sunshine and dry weather expected most of Saturday, but it will stay cold with highs just in the middle 30s. Saturday morning wind chill temps will only be in the single digits.

Foodie news: Pizza, seafood and catering in Raleigh NC kicks off 2022

On the catering front, big news about catering in Raleigh NC happened over the holiday. Michael DePersia of DePersia & Associates shared the news that David Leach of Spice Cubed Catering purchased Chef Mario’s Catering Co. The blending of these two catering companies will result in the new name of Equinox Catering and will fall under the umbrella of the Spi...

On the catering front, big news about catering in Raleigh NC happened over the holiday. Michael DePersia of DePersia & Associates shared the news that David Leach of Spice Cubed Catering purchased Chef Mario’s Catering Co. The blending of these two catering companies will result in the new name of Equinox Catering and will fall under the umbrella of the Spice Cubed Group which also includes an equipment rental business, a spice and tea line as well as the Wycliff Cafe. Get all the details on their site here. Congrats to David and all our best to Chef Mario and Holly!

Out in Brier Creek, reader Katie Page brought it to our attention that V Pizza is open on Skyland Ridge Parkway (think Carolina Ale House). V originated in Florida where they have seven locations, and they now have locations in Georgia as well as the other location here in the Triangle in Cary (Kildare Farm Road). Katie also noted that they have a cocktail bar, Flask, that serves the full menu starting at 3 p.m. as well as a great patio for outdoor seating. Get familiar with them here.

And heading out of Raleigh down towards Garner, reader Chris Creighton shared the news of another opening. San Blas Seafood & Bar has opened in the former Grandson’s Buffet spot at 4205 Fayetteville Road. Check them out on Instagram here or on Facebook here.

And one more opening announcement from Chris Creighton as he shared that the new Panera in the old TGIFriday’s/Cary Towne Kitchen & Bar building in Crescent Commons on the corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm roads has opened. Visit Panera here.

And over the holidays, the folks over at The Produce Box were busy creating new concepts for their clients. They created a new prepared foods brand, Carolina Flavors, headed by Beth Littlejohn (formerly of PR and Coquette), featuring prepared, ready to heat sides, soups and meals prepared in-house. They also spent the holidays adding Triangle-area artisan vendors, including Locals Seafood, Ran-Lew Dairy (cream-top milk), OMG Lemonade and Bees and Boards Charcuterie. Check out all the new options at The Produce Box here.

This is fun to look over. Visit Raleigh put out their “Best Openings in 2021” – take a trip down memory lane and see if you agree with their list of spots that opened (in Raleigh….and Wake County) in 2021. See their list here.

In Chapel Hill, Coco Bistro & Bar continued their “evolution” announcing that their full bar, and zero-proof bar, is now up and running. It features a variety of selected wines, beers on draft and bottled, and a number of craft cocktails, including some wonderful herbaceous cocktails created just for Coco Bistro & Bar. Their new hours extend until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. They are located at the new Gwendolyn Building in Glen Lennox. Visit them here.

And not to be outdone, the good folks over at Bites of Bull City have put together their list of the best openings and expansions of 2021. Check out their list for Durham here.

None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

There is no doubt we saw more closings in 2021 than anyone wanted. We wanted to take a moment to let our restaurants that pivoted, shifted and re-invented themselves that this past week North Carolina launched a $500 million program to help restaurants and other small businesses recover from pandemic-related losses. The North Carolina Business Recovery Grant Program allows business owners who have seen at least a 20 percent decline in revenue to apply for grants equal to 10 percent of their losses, up to $500,000. Because the hospitality industry was hit so hard by closures and other restrictions, $300 million of the fund is earmarked for restaurants, hotels, bars and other entertainment businesses. Get all the details and apply here.

Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.

Mark your calendars for Feb. 3-5 for the Triangle Wine & Food Experience. It is North Carolina’s premier wine and food event with all proceeds benefiting the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center. The event features acclaimed winemakers and celebrity chefs from all over the world, as well as thousands of donors and supporters, participating in this truly amazing event. This three-day affair includes winery dinners at the Triangle’s top restaurants, wine tastings at area wine shops, and trade events. TWFE weekend culminates in the Grand Auction, which features a dazzling selection of wine and food, and an exciting auction that features rare and incredible lots. Tickets are on sale now. Get all the details here.

Guys, you have been warned. Please note that the Super Bowl AND Valentine’s fall on the same weekend in 2022. The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 13th, the day before Valentine’s. And we know everyone typically books their Valentine’s date nights on that weekend. You have been warned.

Food Bank Corner

New year, new ways to give back to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina! You can come volunteer in a safe environment (MASKS ARE REQUIRED) or even host your own virtual food drive! Find out how on their website here. #NoOneGoesHungry

Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been around the Triangle food scene for...well, a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the the Triangle Food Blog, formerly known as Friday Fun Food Facts, in 2008. You can find his blog here. And you don't have to wait until Friday for updates as you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.

2 dead among 400+ crashes in NC during winter weather; troopers respond to nearly 1,000 calls

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina roads remained dangerous in areas impacted by a winter storm that swept in on Sunday, officials said.Some roads were covered in ice or snow or were closed by downed power lines or trees. As strong, gusty winds pick up throughout Sunday, the National Weather Service warned that travel could be “impossible” in areas.A deadly crash was reported around 9:20 a.m. along Interstate 95 in Nash County, just southwest of Rocky Mount. A couple from Myrtle Beach ...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina roads remained dangerous in areas impacted by a winter storm that swept in on Sunday, officials said.

Some roads were covered in ice or snow or were closed by downed power lines or trees. As strong, gusty winds pick up throughout Sunday, the National Weather Service warned that travel could be “impossible” in areas.

A deadly crash was reported around 9:20 a.m. along Interstate 95 in Nash County, just southwest of Rocky Mount. A couple from Myrtle Beach died when their SUV crashed while a wintry mix was falling.

Sunday evening, a dramatic crash involving a tractor-trailer happened in Durham when the big rig plummeted off the N.C. 147 overpass above U.S. 15-501. The highways were blocked and the truck driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Southeast Maynard Parkway in Cary was closed for a couple of hours after power lines fell near Cary Town Boulevard. The road reopened around 3:45 p.m., but crews were still on the scene repairing power lines.

Statewide, there were more than 440 crashes that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to in the areas hit by the winter storm, according to Master Trooper Christopher Knox with the highway patrol.

Knox said that Sunday there were also 989 calls for service in the state where the winter storm impacted roads.

“It’s been a tough day, a very long day for our members. A lot of calls, a lot of collisions that they’ve investigated,” Knox said.

In Raleigh, police said there were a few crashes reported, but none were serious.

Interstate 95 was closed for about five hours in both directions in Robeson County by low-hanging power lines. A detour was set up until the highway reopened around 3:15 p.m.

Most of the snow or ice that impacted roads or highways in the state happened generally west of Raleigh.

The National Weather Service said around 4 p.m. that additional mixed precipitation is expected in the areas of the winter storm warning.

“The strong, gusty winds in addition to ice will result in numerous to widespread power outages. Travel could be nearly impossible,” the weather service said in a statement about the continuing winter weather warning.

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