As a proud Palestinian family-founded company, we are devastated by the suffering unfolding in Gaza. For over 50 years, we have worked with customers and suppliers in the region, and we are working tirelessly to continue that support, and to bring comfort and hope to those who are suffering. Consistent with our values as a leading food company, we have always supported charities in our communities with food and financial support. We have donated a percentage of our sales to support food relief efforts in Gaza through UNICEF, PCRF, and Anera. Please join us in our prayers and hope for lasting peace.

From pita bread to beloved brand

For generations, families from the Middle East have trusted Ziyad to offer the ingredients needed to create the distinct and flavorful cuisines from their homelands. Follow the journey of the Ziyad family and learn how Ziyad came to be the brand that families from everywhere rely on to create authentic, great-tasting Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes.




Ziyad in the 60's
Ziyad in the 70's
Ziyad in the 80's
Ziyad in the 90's
Ziyad in the 2000's
Ziyad in 2022
Ziyad in 2023


Every journey starts somewhere…

Our story begins in 1966 when Ahmad and Ibrahim Ziyad founded Syrian Bakery & Grocery, Inc., a small retail outlet on the Southside of Chicago. They specialized in Artisanal hand-made pita bread and other bakery goods as well as a few, hard to find Middle Eastern products—it was the first Pita Bread bakery in Chicago!

Ziyad in the 60's


Our bread fueled our success

In the 1970s, we expanded to a new warehouse located at 21st and Western Avenue and began serving retail chains in the Midwest including Jewel, Dominick’s, and ethnic markets. We also developed the first automated pita bakery in the Midwest. Production continued to expand, and procurement of new products from the Middle East soared. Ahmad grew sales while Ibrahim focused on new products.


A trusted leader

The 80s marked the beginning of our growth years and our distribution grew to 20 states. We purchased another warehouse to hold our growing inventory. As we expanded into markets beyond the Midwest, we emerged as the “go-to” for Middle Eastern foods. We began to import greater varieties of products for our community.


The next generation emerges

In 1995, we acquired a 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Cicero, IL. which is still our company headquarters. We added sales and marketing and began distributing Middle Eastern groceries to mainstream retailers across the United States. We also began exhibiting at trade shows to grow our customer base. Sadly, in 1996 we suffered the loss of our beloved founder and patriarch, Ahmad Ziyad.


Growing the legacy with innovation

In addition to the Cicero warehouse, we expanded our distribution network by procuring warehouses in both the New Jersey and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Today we import and distribute over 3,000 items across all of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Our portfolio of pantry items includes dozens of brands across every aisle of the grocery store. We strive to develop innovative products and seek quality ingredients for growing trends and globally inspired dishes.

And to think… it all started with some tasty bread.


Taking it to the next level

Acknowledging our strong reputation, exceptional portfolio of brands, expansive distribution, and category expertise, Peak Rock Capital, a leading middle-market private investment firm, acquired Ziyad Brothers in 2022. This partnership positions Ziyad brand for additional growth as the brand continues to provide high quality ingredients and innovative products for globally inspired meals. Nassem Ziyad remains as the company’s Executive Chairman.


Expanding our product portfolio

In February, 2023, Ziyad Brothers acquired Vintage Food Corporation, a leading distributor of branded Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European food and beverage products. With this new partnership, Ziyad expands its product portfolio to over 3,000 products to continue to offer consumers a high quality, delicious assortment of international products. Nassem Ziyad remains as the company’s Executive Chairman.

Executive Chairman,
Nassem Ziyad

Jim Wagner