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

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 Tucson, 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 Tucson’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 Tucson. 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 Tucson, 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

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Tucson,
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 Tucson, 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.

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 Tucson, AZ.

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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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A first-of-its-kind children’s research center in Tucson, UA Steele Children’s Research Center, is raising the profile of a largely undiagnosed illness in kids.“We struggled all through elementary school and middle school just treating the symptoms, but Abigail seemed to have all of them,” said mother Abigail Wichers.She said her daughter Abigail had quite a few infections as a child but little did they know it would lead to a debilitating condition....

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A first-of-its-kind children’s research center in Tucson, UA Steele Children’s Research Center, is raising the profile of a largely undiagnosed illness in kids.

“We struggled all through elementary school and middle school just treating the symptoms, but Abigail seemed to have all of them,” said mother Abigail Wichers.

She said her daughter Abigail had quite a few infections as a child but little did they know it would lead to a debilitating condition.

“It can be hard to pick-up because in kids there can be changes in mood, movement and behavior just because they’re kids,” said Dr. Michael Daines, an associate professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Sydney Rice, a professor of pediatrics, said Children’s Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy can start showing symptoms almost overnight.

“They’re developing normally and within three days of having an infection they develop mental illness, they develop severe obsessive-compulsive disorder,” she said.

Abigail developed juvenile arthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD and even had seizures.

Five years ago, Dr. Sydney Rice and Dr. Michael Daines started studying neuropsychiatric disorders in kids at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. They’ve since developed methods to diagnose and treat it.

“We work with centers across the country but are the only ones that have that breadth for this condition,” Dr. Rice said.

They helped to connect the dots for Abigail’s family. The team found her infections as a child caused the autoimmune reactions she’s experienced.

“Probably three percent of kids that have an infection will develop OCD after the infection. Whether that’s severe enough to make the whole diagnosis or have them at a center like this to be evaluated, is something to be aware of,” Dr. Daines said.

Abigail’s family hopes to spread awareness so others can connect the dots and get treatment like physical and psychological therapy sooner.

“Just very satisfying knowing what happened, and we’ve worked it out,” Abigail said.

Learn more about the child research center, HERE. The team is actively recruiting for a clinical trial that will see how antibody drugs work with the disorder.

One year later: Recreational marijuana in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One year ago, dispensaries across Arizona opened their doors for recreational use.Prop. 207 passed during the 2020 election, making it legal for adults in Arizona to purchase marijuana for recreational use.In 2021, shops like Prime Leaf in midtown Tucson were given the green light to sell marijuana for recreational use. But, Michael Crawford and his team at Prime, rolled it out slowly.“While most people turned on adult use in January, we waited until March and April. We wanted to make...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One year ago, dispensaries across Arizona opened their doors for recreational use.

Prop. 207 passed during the 2020 election, making it legal for adults in Arizona to purchase marijuana for recreational use.

In 2021, shops like Prime Leaf in midtown Tucson were given the green light to sell marijuana for recreational use. But, Michael Crawford and his team at Prime, rolled it out slowly.

“While most people turned on adult use in January, we waited until March and April. We wanted to make sure we took care of our medical patients.”

Crawford said that was the key to a successful year.

“Seeing about a 30 percent increase. Word is that it will increase even more as people become more comfortable shopping. We get new people every day that it is their first time in a dispensary. So as that happens, I think we will see a bigger and bigger increase.”

According to the Arizona Dispensary Association, so far $196 million in tax revenue has been collected and around $45 million is going to the general fund. December numbers are not out yet.

“We likely never eclipsed a billion dollars in top line sales before going to adult use. We are on pace to approach if not clear $1.5 billion in total sales this calendar year,” said Samuel Richard with Arizona Dispensary Association.

KOLD News 13′s Allie Potter asked Richard if there was any sort of goal in mind for the first year.

“I think our biggest goal was to make sure we had enough product and capability to meet the demands of the consumers who walked through our doors. Heading into the year, we already had around 315,000 qualified patients that were part of the medical program. So, Arizona dispensaries were ready for hundreds of thousands if not approaching a million new customers.”

Potter asked Richard where he sees the industry in 2022.

“I am going to go ahead and make a bold prediction. In Arizona, revenue from cannabis will eclipse revenue from alcohol.”

Potter asked Crawford what his goals are for year number two of recreational marijuana sales.

“We are going to focus mainly on making sure we take care of our medical customers and keep our supply chains open. I am also looking for some sponsorship marketing opportunities.”

Tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales goes towards Arizona community colleges, rural infrastructure, and behavioral health programs.

Copyright 2022 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.

Federal agency launches investigation into lab connected to Tucson COVID testing site

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A national COVID testing company, with a location in Tucson, is now the focus of an investigation by a federal agency.The Center for COVID Control announced on Thursday, January 13, it would pause all operations as it worked to provide additional training ...

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A national COVID testing company, with a location in Tucson, is now the focus of an investigation by a federal agency.

The Center for COVID Control announced on Thursday, January 13, it would pause all operations as it worked to provide additional training to staff and ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.

The lab the company uses is now under investigation.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed it is looking into Doctors Clinical Laboratory, the Center for COVID Control’s clinical testing vendor partner.

CMS sent us this statement from Dr. Lee Fleisher, the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality:

We called and emailed Center for COVID Control to see if it plans to re-open on Saturday, January 22, but have not heard back.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said CMS has oversight of operations from a medical services standpoint, but could ask ADHS to investigate on its behalf.

At this time, ADHS said it has not received a request from CMS to step in.

The Pima County Health Department is aware of pop-up testing sites around the county but does not regulate or license them.

Any pop-up testing clinic doing rapid testing in Arizona must have a CLIA license (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) and that license should be posted and available.

The Pima County Health Department encourages people to ask to see the license if it is not posted.

We checked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, and the Doctors Clinical Laboratory’s CLIA license is in compliance.

Pima County health officials said neither the county nor the state health departments have any regulatory authority over COVID testing vendors who receive their CLIA certifications in another state.

According to the CDC, the Doctor’s Clinical Laboratory has an Illinois address.

We contacted the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which could not confirm whether anyone has filed a consumer complaint with the office but encourages anyone who believes to have been a victim of consumer fraud, to contact them to file a consumer complaint.

We also reached out to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, but have not heard back.

Copyright 2022 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.

Starbucks Drops Vaccine Mandate For Tucson Workers

TUCSON, AZ — Starbucks will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations of its 228,000 workers at 9,000 U.S. coffee shops, including those in Tucson.Starbucks is one of the first big companies to change vaccination policies after the U.S. Supreme Court quashed a vaccine mandate that would have affected about 84 million workers, or about half of the U.S. labor force. Had the mandate been allowe...

TUCSON, AZ — Starbucks will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations of its 228,000 workers at 9,000 U.S. coffee shops, including those in Tucson.

Starbucks is one of the first big companies to change vaccination policies after the U.S. Supreme Court quashed a vaccine mandate that would have affected about 84 million workers, or about half of the U.S. labor force. Had the mandate been allowed to stand, workers would have had to either get fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

The court's Jan. 13 6-3 ruling came as the omicron coronavirus variant was driving a surge in COVID-19 infections. Nothing in the Supreme Court ruling, which allows the Biden administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most U.S. health care workers, requires companies with 100 or more employees to ease vaccination requirements.

Both the city of Tucson and Pima County require their employees to be vaccinated. Pima County last week fired 56 of its employees who refused vaccination, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The new Starbucks vaccination policy, first reported by The Associated Press, was announced in a memo to employees Tuesday.

Amtrak temporarily suspended its vaccine mandate in December, before the Supreme Court ruling. In a memo to employees seen by Reuters, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said nearly 96 percent of its employees were either fully vaccination or had received an accommodation for religious or medical reasons.

More big businesses operating in Tucson could follow suit as the coronavirus surge worsens the country's labor shortage. A record 8.8 million people called out sick with COVID-19 between Dec. 29-Jan. 10, according to data reported by The Washington Post.

Retail establishments and their advocates have been vocal critics of the now-blocked requirement, arguing they're already struggling to find enough workers as the coronavirus pandemic persists. Millions of Americans have quit their jobs since the pandemic began in what's being called "The Great Resignation."

Brett Coburn, a lawyer at Atlanta-based Alston & Bird, told The New York Times "a lot of companies were pursuing the vaccine or test requirement only because they were being required to do so."

The AP reported Boston-based General Electric Co. got rid of its vaccine mandate last week after the court ruled, according to IEU-CWA Local 201, the union representing machinists, electricians and other GE employees. Overall, GE has 56,000 U.S. workers.

Not all big businesses plan to follow the lead of Starbucks and GE, though. New York-based Citigroup Inc., one of the largest banks in the U.S., in October said its workers needed to be fully vaccinated or receive an accommodation by Jan. 14. Citigroup told the AP that 99 percent of its employees are now fully vaccinated.

It's up to employers to navigate state and local laws in the absence of a federal mandate. More than a dozen states prohibit COVID-19 vaccine mandates of any kind, CNBC reported.

"For most employers, it has proved to be a day-to-day crisis because when they think they know the answer, the rules change," Domenique Camacho Moran, a labor and employment lawyer with the firm Farrell Fritz, told The New York Times.

Tucson bars, businesses close and concerts are postponed amid COVID surge

Several Tucson businesses have temporarily closed and two marquee headliners have postponed their concerts as the omicron variant continues its hold on Pima County.HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Executive Director Khris Dodge said he is working on new dates for 11-time Grammy nominee Jon Batiste and jazz great Herb Alpert, both of whom pulled out of the event early this week.Batiste, who was to play Centennial Hall on Jan. 21, postponed his appear...

Several Tucson businesses have temporarily closed and two marquee headliners have postponed their concerts as the omicron variant continues its hold on Pima County.

HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Executive Director Khris Dodge said he is working on new dates for 11-time Grammy nominee Jon Batiste and jazz great Herb Alpert, both of whom pulled out of the event early this week.

Batiste, who was to play Centennial Hall on Jan. 21, postponed his appearance due to “unforeseen circumstances” while the 86-year-old Alpert, who was scheduled to perform with his wife, Lani Hall, on Jan. 22, cited health concerns, Dodge said.

Since New Year’s Eve, several businesses including Monsoon Chocolate on East 22nd Street at South Fourth Avenue, Che’s Lounge on North Fourth Avenue and Batch downtown temporarily closed due to COVID exposures and concerns as Arizona’s and Pima County’s infection rates jumped.

On Wednesday, the county reported 1,121 new COVID cases and four new deaths. Statewide, 7,749 additional confirmed cases were reported on Wednesday, according to state health officials.

“It’s unreal that we’ve come this far and now, here we are,” Batch owner Ronnie Spece said Wednesday, a day after he temporarily closed his popular bourbon and doughnut bar at 118 E. Congress St. after two of his employees tested positive for COVID.

The outbreak was the first for Batch since the pandemic started in March 2020. Spece noted that his staff is fully vaccinated.

“We kind of feel lucky and like we were overdue,” said Spece, who hopes to reopen his 6-year-old bar on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

“This is a huge bummer … we want nothing more than to be open for you,” officials at Monsoon Chocolate, 234 E. 22nd St., wrote on Facebook Sunday, Jan. 2, citing a potential COVID exposure. “We’ll keep you posted on when we’ll be opening up again ... hopefully by next weekend.”

Two other popular Tucson bars — Che’s Lounge on North Fourth Avenue and Saint Charles Tavern on South Fourth Avenue — also temporarily closed, with both citing health concerns.

Saint Charles reopened on Tuesday, after five days.

It was the first time since Saint Charles opened fully in January 2021 that it had to pause operations, said owner Elizabeth Menke, who said she shut the bar down after an employee tested positive.

“It feels like what we’ve learned over the last two years is that COVID is going to come in these long waves. I think we are learning how to handle those waves,” she said.

The Jazz Festival’s Dodge described the omicron variant is a “fluid situation” that could further impact the festival, which runs Jan. 14-23.

“We are trying to make the best of the situation,” said Dodge, who said he was still “super excited” that the festival returned to in-person this year.

“One of the greatest things that make us human beings in a community is our ability to gather and express ourselves with music,” he said. “I know what we bring to the community and what we present in live music is important. What we do does make a difference in a small slice of the pie that is our community.”

The Tucson Desert Song Festival, which runs Jan. 19-March 19, has had one event postponed — a recital Jan. 9 with soprano Ailyn Pérez.

Song Festival Director George Hanson said Pérez, who is performing in Europe, pulled out of the festival out of concerns that she could face travel disruptions attempting to return to Europe right after her Tucson recital.

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