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Ziyad Brothers Importing, originally formed as Syrian Bakery and Grocery Inc. was founded in 1966 by Ahmad and Ibrahim Ziyad. Their business began as a small retail outlet on the south side of Chicago, specializing in hard to find Middle Eastern food products as well as the first Pita Bread bakery in Chicago catering to the Middle Eastern ethnic community. The retail outlet expanded into one of the first automated Pita Bakeries in the Midwest and began distributing Pita bread and Middle Eastern food products to other retail outlets. Ten years later, from these humble beginnings, Ahmad and Ibrahim Ziyad purchased their first warehouse located at 21st and Western Avenue. Ziyad Brothers Importing was born. This warehouse was approximately 30,000 square feet and serviced most retail chains in Chicago and surrounding cities including Jewel and Dominicks as well as the citys ethnic markets. Additionally, this facility allowed them to bring Pita production to a new level. Ziyad Brothers Western Avenue facility played a great role in the growth of the companys expansion into distribution. It allowed Z.B.I. to import larger quanitities and greater varieties of products from many countries. As Zivad Brothers expanded into other markets outside the Midwest, it realized that Middle Eastern foods was its niche. This began the focus on acquiring products from all over the world that were targeted toward the Middle Eastern community. As the company continued to expand, Z.B.I. required even more space. In 1995, Ziyad Brothers importing consolidated facilities and moved into the current location in Cicero, IL. This new 150,000 sq. ft. facility was a tremendous accomplishment and a source of great pride for the founders. This new facility gave Z.B.I. the ability to bake Pita bread, pan Jordan Almond candy, roast nuts, seeds and coffee as well as warehouse and distribute imported products under one roof. The facility supports an impressive showroom as well as their administrative offices. Importantly, Z.B.I. has made some great recent strides with their supermarket program. Offering a variety of set program sizes ranging from 4 feet to 32 feet, Z.B.I. is now branching out from beyond the ethnic only market to mainstream supermarkets. With a new generation of thinking, Z.B.I. is now positioned to grow its distribution through acquisitions and continued product enhancements.