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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Virginia Beach

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 Virginia Beach, VA. 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 Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach. 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 Virginia Beach, VA. 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 Virginia Beach,
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 Virginia Beach, VA, 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 Virginia Beach, VA.

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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Virginia Beach, Chesapeake crews prepare for winter storm

Virginia Beach and Chesapeake crews prepare for rain and snow mix Thursday and Friday.VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Public works crews across Hampton Roads have started to add snowplows to their city trucks, ahead of snow in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday.On Wednesday, crews in both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach worked all day to prepare.“Our main concern right now is what form of precipitation are we going to get tomorrow first thing, " said Drew Lankford.Lankford works for the Virginia Beach...

Virginia Beach and Chesapeake crews prepare for rain and snow mix Thursday and Friday.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Public works crews across Hampton Roads have started to add snowplows to their city trucks, ahead of snow in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday.

On Wednesday, crews in both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach worked all day to prepare.

“Our main concern right now is what form of precipitation are we going to get tomorrow first thing, " said Drew Lankford.

Lankford works for the Virginia Beach Public Works Department. He said the city has about 36 snow plows to use and 30 trucks are set to go to work during the storm. Lankford said crews will treat the emergency routes first.

“We always make roads leading to the fire station in the hospital a number one priority. We make sure they stay clear and stay treated," said Lankford. “So we’ll probably start treating some spots not everything but some spots tomorrow yeah. Mainly overpasses and bridges.”

The City of Chesapeake is preparing, too. Public Works Coordinator Jason Brown said they have about 40 vehicles ready to go to treat roads before and during the storm.

“At 7:00 p.m. tomorrow [Thursday], public works operations are going to bring a crew about 40 employees and they’re gonna work for 12 hours and believe another crew about another and 40 employees 12 hours on 12 hours off," said Brown.

Both Brown and Lankford want to remind drivers to stay off the roads and give their crew space as they work during the storm.

“It’s gonna be really much better and wiser and stay home and not travel if you don’t have to," said Lankford.

Officials said if you have to go out and see one of these trucks try to stay four car lengths behind.

“We’re seeing anywhere between four and eight inches of snow over the next 72 hours. City of Chesapeake policy is not to begin plowing operations until we get an accumulation of about 2 inches," said Brown.

Brown said the City of Chesapeake has maps on its website that show storm routes.

Virginia Beach City officials said residents can dial 311. The number people can call when they have a non-emergency safety concern that will direct them to city services and information.

Virginia Beach featured on Man v. Food episode airing Tuesday night

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A food show specializing in big portions will highlight a small bakery at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and two other local staples at 9 p.m. Tuesday night on the Cooking Channel.May’s Parlor at 27th Street and Pacific was the first to reveal the news Monday night in a Facebook post. It’s the first time Hampton Roads has appeared on the show, which features the host taking on a local restaurant’s ...

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A food show specializing in big portions will highlight a small bakery at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and two other local staples at 9 p.m. Tuesday night on the Cooking Channel.

May’s Parlor at 27th Street and Pacific was the first to reveal the news Monday night in a Facebook post. It’s the first time Hampton Roads has appeared on the show, which features the host taking on a local restaurant’s eating challenge — many of which have proved to be too much to handle.

“We’ve been keeping a secret!” the post from May’s reads. “We’ve been waiting patiently since last year for the episode to air and that time has come!”

May’s doesn’t feature a food challenge, but does have croissants, one of the three listed items in the show description.

Host Casey Webb will also try a street corn fritter-topped burger at Union Alehouse on Virginia Beach Boulevard.

And the big showdown will be at the Egg Bistro, where Webb will face “a dozen-egg duel with the Corned Beef Omelet Challenge.” The challenge includes a corned beef omelet paying homage to the former Jewish Mother restaurant, roasted potatoes and a biscuit– with the total portion of food weighing in at four pounds. Those who finish everything in 30 minutes get an Egg Bistro T-shirt and get added to their online wall of fame.

The show is now in its 10th season and switched from the Travel Channel to the Cooking Channel in 2019. It first ran from 2008 to 2012 with original host Adam Richman before being canceled. It was revived in 2017 with Webb, who, like Richman, isn’t a competitive eater.

The start of season 10 has focused on the Mid-Atlantic. Last week’s episode was in Richmond, and December 28’s featured Delaware’s beaches.

Hampton Roads school division leaders respond to Gov. Youngkin's new, optional mask order

While the order takes effect next Monday, officials from several school divisions across Hampton Roads said they are awaiting more guidance from the state.VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Governor Glenn Youngkin hit the ground running this weekend. He signed dozens of executive actions, including one that will end the mask mandate in K through 12 schools.“We wrote the order specifically to give all of the school systems basically eight days to get ready, to listen to parents,” Youngkin said.While the order takes e...

While the order takes effect next Monday, officials from several school divisions across Hampton Roads said they are awaiting more guidance from the state.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Governor Glenn Youngkin hit the ground running this weekend. He signed dozens of executive actions, including one that will end the mask mandate in K through 12 schools.

“We wrote the order specifically to give all of the school systems basically eight days to get ready, to listen to parents,” Youngkin said.

While the order takes effect Monday, January 24, officials from several school divisions across Hampton Roads said they are awaiting more guidance from the state.

A letter from Virginia Beach City Public Schools leaders to parents states the mask rules will remain in place this week.

“We will keep you informed as to how masking for VBCPS may change as soon as we have more information on the new executive order,” the letter read.

“As a parent, I'm just flabbergasted that this would be something that our school system would consider,” said Virginia Beach parent Allison Verbanic.

Verbanic said she’s worried about sending her daughter to school if masks are optional.

“Masks are the only mitigation strategy VBCPS really has left,” Verbanic said. “We are not six feet apart. We are barely even three feet, sometimes not even that.”

But many parents support Youngkin’s order. Lindsey Bohon said she homeschools three of her kids because of the previous mask requirement.

“Now we have a governor who cares and is going to stick by the code of Virginia and allow parents to choose,” Bohon said.

Leaders in three school divisions in Northern Virginia said they are sticking with the universal mask requirement. Youngkin says that won’t fly.

“We will use every resource within the governor’s authority to explore what we can do and will do to make sure that a parent's right is protected,” Youngkin said.

He’s asking all school divisions to prepare for Monday.

“We granted parents the option of deciding if their child will wear a mask or not and we are going to protect that right,” Youngkin said.

Besides hearing from school leaders in Virginia Beach, 13News Now also heard from school leaders in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and York County.

Leaders in all those school divisions say they are keeping masks in place this week and will notify parents of any changes moving forward.

Several of the divisions said they will provide further guidance for parents by the end of the week.

Virginia Beach restaurant owners stay optimistic for Restaurant Week

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — 41 Virginia Beach restaurant owners are seeking a better year as the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on. They hope the first Restaurant Week of 2022 brings in more customers to help their bottom line.Virginia Beach Restaurant Week goes from Jan. 17 to 23. Participating restaurants have special menus with $5 ...

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — 41 Virginia Beach restaurant owners are seeking a better year as the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on. They hope the first Restaurant Week of 2022 brings in more customers to help their bottom line.

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week goes from Jan. 17 to 23. Participating restaurants have special menus with $5 and $10 breakfasts, $10 and $15 two-course lunches, and $25, $35, $40 three-course dinners.

Restaurant owners are still dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. The need for more staff and customers are even more prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic started two years ago.

“We need people to know that everyone is back open. We’re struggling a little bit but we’re all still open," said Icehouse Restaurant owner Doug Dubois.

Dubois has been part of restaurant week for 17 years. Dubois said for the last two years he’s had to work twice as hard to keep his employees safe from COVID-19.

“I had one lady, I just had to go run over a test kit because I bought a bunch of them for my employees in case they need them. So she says she’s not sure if she has it or not," said Dubois.

Dubois is not the only business owner hoping to get new customers and employees.

“The restaurants are basically on their own surviving with their own life preserver right now," said Virginia Beach Restaurant Association Executive Director Martha Davenport.

Davenport said Restaurant Week is an important way to reconnect with customers.

“Every restaurant is hiring, We have restrictions of our supply chain. If you can’t get into the grocery store my restaurants can get it either and we’re seeing price increases," said Davenport.

Dubois is staying confident he will get new customers this week and hopes other restaurant owners stay optimistic.

“Just keep pushing forward. Don’t hang your head down, walk proud and we’re all gonna get through this together," said Dubois.

Davenport added the struggles facing the restaurant industry are nationwide and hopes everyone supports local restaurants for every city in Hampton Roads.

Downtown Norfolk has also started its restaurant week with 14 restaurants participating.

Locals stocking up on food, storm supplies for incoming winter weather

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Down at the Local Taylor’s Do It Center in Virginia Beach it is official: A snowstorm is coming.A sign out front tells customers they can get their ice melt, snow shovels, firewood and propane. Snow shovels were gone by mid-morning, ice melt is in hot demand, and so are faucet protectors.It is a busy day for Assistant Manager Adam Davis, who was looking for more supplies Thursday afternoon.“There’s been issues getting things from New York. They’ve been hit hard w...

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Down at the Local Taylor’s Do It Center in Virginia Beach it is official: A snowstorm is coming.

A sign out front tells customers they can get their ice melt, snow shovels, firewood and propane. Snow shovels were gone by mid-morning, ice melt is in hot demand, and so are faucet protectors.

It is a busy day for Assistant Manager Adam Davis, who was looking for more supplies Thursday afternoon.

“There’s been issues getting things from New York. They’ve been hit hard with previous snowstorms, and things like that, so it’s a little bit slower,” he said.

Customer Amanda Shea is also getting ready. She is putting down some cash to prep for the snow.

“I just got a few supplies, but I didn’t really go too crazy. I kind of feel the storm usually is not as it tends to be. To get ready in this area, you just need a couple of things,” he said.

Down at the Kroger grocery store off Laskin Road, empty pallets show supply was running low on toilet paper and paper towels.

We talked to Virginia Beach resident Donald Johnson as he loaded up on the necessities.

“I got bread. I have hot pockets for the kids and cereal,” he said.

We found many empty shelves at the Kroger, and also at the Portsmouth Kroger and the Norfolk Harris Teeter.

Linda Assaid in Virginia Beach was back at the Kroger just buying her “regular stuff.”

“I noticed chips and dips were pretty low. We are where we are, and we need to be kind and understanding. You get what you get,” he said.

Johnson also told us he is concerned about the storm.

“There is a level of concern. You never know. Everyone is shopping because of what can happen, so they want to be prepared. Everyone is ready for that reason now,” Johnson said.

“I think people are cautiously optimistic. They are a little nervous. They want to be prepared more than anything else,” Davis added.

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