A journey through time

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.


Every Journey Starts Somewhere…

Ours started with pita bread. Our business began as Syrian Bakery & Grocery, Inc. founded in 1966 by Ahmad and Ibrahim Ziyad, as a small retail outlet on the Southside of Chicago. We 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.


Our Bread Fueled Our Success

Our expansion to a new warehouse located at 21st and Western Avenue allowed us to serve retail chains in the Midwest including Jewel, Dominick’s, and ethnic markets. We 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 the business’ sales while Ibrahim focused on sourcing and developing new products.


The growth years


A Trusted Leader

With distribution growing to 20 states, an additional warehouse was purchased 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 new 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Cicero, IL. which continues to serve as our company’s headquarters. Our team doubled as we included a sales and marketing force and we built a distribution model to incorporate Middle Eastern groceries to mainstream retailers across the United States.  We began to exhibit at trade shows to introduce our product line to both retailers and non-ethnic consumers.

In 1996 we suffered the loss of our beloved founder and patriarch, Ahmad Ziyad.

New Home


The New Millennium

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.


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 brand 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

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