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

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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 Tucson, 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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An AZ recession? Odds are about 50-50

Copy This Embed Code: Ad TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The economy’s hurting, and people are too. But will Arizona fall into an actual recession?KGUN 9 has the prediction from a University of Arizona economist and a business that sees the ups and downs of other businesses.The economy’s in a really strange place right now. The pandemic is still a factor. The job market is red hot. The Federal Reserve is trying to cut down inflation and they’re raising the interest rate to do it. So, what are the od...

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The economy’s hurting, and people are too. But will Arizona fall into an actual recession?

KGUN 9 has the prediction from a University of Arizona economist and a business that sees the ups and downs of other businesses.

The economy’s in a really strange place right now. The pandemic is still a factor. The job market is red hot. The Federal Reserve is trying to cut down inflation and they’re raising the interest rate to do it. So, what are the odds Arizona is going to fall into a recession? U of A economist George Hammond says, "about 50-50.”

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At FastSigns on Speedway, customers spell out confidence, or caution in their signs. Now hiring? Coming soon? Those are good signs.

Manager Steve Smith says, “We don't see a lot of going out of business. Huge flash sales at this point, which usually show up when things are slower.”

With bosses desperate for help, workers have a lot of leverage to pull in good wages. But University of Arizona economist George Hammond says inflation is eating up those fatter paychecks.

“We have, you know, the highest rates of inflation that we've seen in 40 years. So even though wages are rising rapidly, they're not keeping up with inflation.”

Hammond says Arizona is better off than a lot of other states but the odds of Arizona following the rest of the country into recession are about fifty-fifty.

“For the nation, I think we could easily see something like the downturns of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which were fairly severe downturns much worse than we saw in the early 2000s or the early 1990s. But those weren't nearly as severe as the great financial crisis of 2007 and 2009, or even the pandemic shock.”

Hammond says housing prices are declining for Tucson and Phoenix. They’re high, but still low enough to attract buyers from more expensive states like California.

He says job growth could drop for several quarters and says with interest rates going up, businesses that depend on people borrowing money to buy things will be more vulnerable than businesses that offer services.

If there is a recession, where do you want to work? Hammond suggests jobs in government, services, finance, and insurance may be good places to be.

Back at Fastsigns on Speedway, Steve Smith says he’s been printing more signs for business conventions—a sign businesses are starting to travel again.

He’s watching his expenses and watching customers predict their futures in their signs.

——-Craig Smith is a reporter for KGUN 9. With more than 30 years of reporting in cities like Tampa, Houston and Austin, Craig has covered more than 40 Space Shuttle launches and covered historic hurricanes like Katrina, Ivan, Andrew and Hugo. Share your story ideas and important issues with Craig by emailing [email protected] or by connecting on Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s how many Californians have moved to Arizona

Roughly 64,000 Californians have moved to Arizona annually during 2016-2020.Net migration has long been a key source of Arizona’s population growth, usually contributing much more than natural increase (births minus deaths). As the baby boom generation ages, it will put downward pressure on natural increase and thus make net migration increasingly important.READ ALSO: ...

Roughly 64,000 Californians have moved to Arizona annually during 2016-2020.

Net migration has long been a key source of Arizona’s population growth, usually contributing much more than natural increase (births minus deaths). As the baby boom generation ages, it will put downward pressure on natural increase and thus make net migration increasingly important.

READ ALSO: Here’s how much housing affordability has dropped in Arizona

Exhibit 1 shows the latest long-term projections from the Forecasting Project for Arizona net migration and natural increase. As the exhibit shows, Arizona natural increase is projected to turn negative (more deaths than births) in the middle of the next decade. Natural increase in Phoenix turns negative at about the same time as the state, while Tucson’s natural increase is already negative and is forecast to remain negative during the next 30 years. Once deaths are equal to or greater than births, net migration is the sole source of population growth.

What states send the most migrants to Arizona? And how many Californians have moved to Arizona? We can get a good idea from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Their five-year estimates for the 2016-2020 period show that Arizona drew migrants from every state in the nation (Exhibit 2). It’s also clear that California sent by far the most migrants of any state.

Exhibit 3 shows how domestic migrants to Arizona were distributed across Census regions. As the exhibit shows, during the 2016-2020 period 268,461 migrants moved to Arizona each year on average. Most of those migrants came from the West (138,185 or 51.5%), followed by the South (20.6%), Midwest (20.6%), and Northeast (7.3%). The distribution was fairly similar for migrants to the Phoenix MSA and the Tucson MSA.

Exhibit 4 shows the top 10 states that contributed domestic migrants to Arizona. During the period, California contributed by far the most migrants to the state, Phoenix, and Tucson. California alone accounted for 23.9% of domestic migrants to the state, 23.3% for Phoenix, and 20.3% for Tucson.

Exhibit 5 shows gross domestic migration to Arizona, Phoenix, and Tucson by state (and the District of Columbia).

George W. Hammond, Ph.D., is the director and research professor at the Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC).

Opwest Partners will open upscale lifestyle hotel in Downtown Tucson

Opwest Partners, a Scottsdale-based investment and development firm, has partnered with Tucson-based Iridius Capital to open Tucson’s first soft branded lifestyle hotel inside the iconic One South Church building in early 2023. The first nine floors of the building are currently being renovated into The...

Opwest Partners, a Scottsdale-based investment and development firm, has partnered with Tucson-based Iridius Capital to open Tucson’s first soft branded lifestyle hotel inside the iconic One South Church building in early 2023. The first nine floors of the building are currently being renovated into The Leo Kent, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel, while the upper floors of the tower have been upgraded and will continue to function as office space. The repositioning from office to hotel at One South Church is one of only a few high-rise adaptive reuse conversions that have been executed in the state of Arizona.

“One South Church is truly a mixed-use project, consisting of a boutique hotel with a restaurant, office space and the adjacent residential apartments within the same campus,” said Tyler Kent, founder and managing principal of Opwest Partners. “As the tallest and most recognizable structure in Tucson, we want this building to be a center of gravity for downtown. The Leo Kent will be a place where you can stay, relax, play and escape the daily grind, with a fun yet sophisticated vibe. The area has an undeniable energy and our goal is to create a new lifestyle destination for downtown Tucson that doesn’t currently exist in the market.”

READ ALSO: Ranking Arizona: Top 10 resorts for 2022

In addition to 145 rooms, a fitness center and function hall, guests and passersby will have access to the St. Cruz, a casual dining restaurant that offers to-go options, along with an elevated bar and lounge. The Leo Kent is located steps away from the SunLink Modern Streetcar Route, connecting guests to the rest of Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. Other nearby attractions include the Arizona State Museum, Fox Theatre, and numerous retail stores, bars and restaurants.

“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from the Rio Nuevo District Board and the City of Tucson,” said Kent. “We are excited to bring this vision to life, to execute a project that will generate significant long-term economic impact for the City of Tucson.”

“The Leo Kent, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel, represents another major investment in downtown Tucson’s infrastructure,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “The opening of the Leo Kent means new jobs, an increase in hotel capacity, and the potential for a greater economic impact across our restaurant, retail, and entertainment sectors. Hospitality and leisure jobs have already returned to pre-pandemic levels, and this is great news as we prepare for 2023.”

The project is also part of the Rio Nuevo District Project, and is exemplary of Rio Nuevo’s greater mission to stimulate growth and re-energize Tucson into a vibrant hotspot for tourists and residents alike.

Named in honor of Tyler Kent’s grandfather, The Leo Kent is scheduled to open its doors to guests in early 2023. To learn more about The Leo Kent, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel, please visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tustx-the-leo-kent-hotel-tucson-a-tribute-portfolio-hotel/. To learn more about Opwest Partners, visit https://www.opwestpartners.com/.

Aari McDonald Returns to Arizona as Part of Coaching Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head women's basketball coach Adia Barnes has announced the addition of All-American Aari McDonald to the Wildcats' staff as Director of Recruiting Operations. McDonald capped her iconic career with the Wildcats in the 2020-21 season as a consensus All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year ...

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head women's basketball coach Adia Barnes has announced the addition of All-American Aari McDonald to the Wildcats' staff as Director of Recruiting Operations. McDonald capped her iconic career with the Wildcats in the 2020-21 season as a consensus All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year while leading the program to its historic run to the national championship game of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

"We are excited to welcome Aari back to our program where she left an extraordinary legacy," Barnes said. "Her career as a Wildcat truly represents the standard of excellence our program is built on, and I can't wait to begin another season with her as a key part of our program. Aari is an exceptional role model for current team, beloved by the Tucson community and will build a foundation for her successful coaching career here at Arizona."

McDonald was the third overall selection of the 2021 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream, becoming Arizona's highest draft pick in program history. The Fresno, California native went on to be named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team in her first season as a professional. She went on to nearly double her scoring average and improve her shooting percentages in her second WNBA season.

"I want to thank Coach Barnes for giving me a chance to be a part of her staff," McDonald said. "Tucson has always felt like a second home to me, and I am so excited to be back in this community with the best fans in the country. Most importantly, I can't wait to help recruit future Wildcats and bring home championships."

Her duties at Director of Recruiting Operations include overseeing all recruiting logistics, assisting with on-campus visits, managing recruit information as well as social media content. She will serve on staff while fulfilling her WNBA commitments with the Atlanta Dream.

After transferring to Arizona as a sophomore, McDonald made history in her first season on the court for Arizona in 2018-19. She broke Adia Barnes' single-season scoring record by tallying 890 points, which ranks fourth in Pac-12 Conference history. McDonald would go on to graduate from the University of Arizona as the program's career leader in points per game, third place in career points, a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as well as the 2020 recipient of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. She was inducted into the Ring of Honor in the rafters of McKale Center in January of 2022.

Arizona Women's Basketball will begin its 2022-23 season on Thursday, Oct. 27 with an exhibition versus West Texas A&M in McKale Center at 6 p.m. (MST).

Here are the 10 best cities for tennis in Arizona

With the U.S. Open underway, tennis fever has no doubt hit the nation over the course of the next few weeks — encouraging many to give the sport a go. But, have you ever wondered which are the best cities for tennis in Arizona?READ ALSO: Ranking Arizona: Top 10 best places to live for 2022Through the utilization of an index scoring system, the top tennis cities in Arizona and ...

With the U.S. Open underway, tennis fever has no doubt hit the nation over the course of the next few weeks — encouraging many to give the sport a go. But, have you ever wondered which are the best cities for tennis in Arizona?

READ ALSO: Ranking Arizona: Top 10 best places to live for 2022

Through the utilization of an index scoring system, the top tennis cities in Arizona and the U.S. have been revealed, with Phoenix coming out on top. Making up Arizona’s top 10 tennis cities are:

1. Phoenix = 27.12

2. Scottsdale = 20.61

3. Tucson = 20.31

4. Mesa = 12.86

5. Glendale = 9.46

6. Chandler = 8.44

7. Peoria = 8.33

8. Gilbert = 7.20

9. Surprise = 6.70

10. Tempe = 5.55

During the build up to the U.S. Open, interest around everything ‘tennis’ in America skyrockets. Analyzing Google search volumes, the search term ‘tennis’ during the month of September last year was 238% higher than the following month, a trend which was similar for the search terms ‘tennis courts’ and ‘tennis courts near me’.

Fueled by the hype and heightened inspiration from the U.S. Open, interest in the sport grows, but which Arizonan city is best to get out on the court?

Well, a new report from Gambling.com reveals which Arizona and American cities are best for tennis lovers. Through the utilization of an index composing of six key metrics such as, the number of registered courts and facilities in the city (as well as taking population sizes into account), the report ranks each city from best to worst.

Below is a list of the top 10 Arizonan tennis cities as per the index score:

*Registered as per the Global Tennis Network1

Taking the crown on the Arizona tennis index is the city of Phoenix (27.12 out of 100).

Overall, Arizonan cities perform well on the US ranking, with Phoenix (27.12), Scottsdale (20.61) and Tucson (30.81) all making the top 100!

The table below shows the number of facilities, courts and players per 10,000 of the city’s population:

*Per 10,000 of the city’s population

Sitting in the number one spot on the index, and home to the US Open, is New York City (48.2 out of 100). Boasting the highest population of any US city, The Big Apple has 185 registered facilities (2nd highest in America), 935 registered tennis courts (2nd highest in America) and over 1,600 registered tennis players (1st highest in America), resulting in the greatest index score.

However, it’s important to note the index also accounted for population figures, which is why places such as Tallahassee, Florida (4th) and Bethesda, Maryland (7th) rank so highly on the index.

Taking a dive into Tallahassee’s numbers, the city has 44 registered facilities (53rd highest in America), 199 registered tennis courts (53rd highest in America) and 768 registered tennis players (7th highest in America). However, what bumped them to 4th place were figures based on population. For example, the city in Florida had 41 registered players per 10,000 of the population, the 3rd highest across the states.

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