Epta is a main sponsor of Retail Question Time, the annual event promoted by the British magazine RAC (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), hold on 1st December at Burlington House in Piccadilly, the London headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Retail Question Time is an opportunity for industry experts and major supermarkets to meet and exchange views on the objectives and issues linked to the developments in refrigeration. Numerous topics have been dealt with this year: from the effects of forthcoming F-Gas reduction to HFC refrigerants, as well as equally crucial subjects such as the decrease of power consumption through heat recovery, the design of new convenience stores and innovative transcritical CO2 systems.

Epta presented to RAC's Retail Question Time its new transcritical CO2 solution, successfully installed in the Cooperative store in Horwich (Manchester). This solution, designed as part of the EU FP7 CommONEnergy project, uses the properties of CO2 to optimise heat recovery.

John Austin-Davies, Commercial Director of Epta UK, commented: “RAC's Retail Question Time was an excellent opportunity to show end-users, consultants and suppliers, how Epta’s participation in the CommONEnergy project has allowed development of a combined refrigeration, cooling, and heating system. A solution which contributes to the ambitious objective of the European project to transform convenience stores and supermarkets into practical examples of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.”

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Epta will participate as Gold Sponsor in ATMOsphere Europe 2016, the industry event bringing together HVAC&R (Heat Ventilation Air conditioning Cooling & Refrigeration) operators, on 19th and 20th April 2016. With over 300 stakeholders expected to attend, the two-day conference is dedicated to the world of natural refrigerants and for its seventh year is expecting the highest attendance ever.

Next year's event will bring great changes, starting from the location.  In 2016 Barcellona will succeed Brussels, original venue of ATMOsphere Europe, reflecting the evolution of the green gas market and the increasing interest in the design of solutions dedicated to warmer climates. There will also be sessions on "hot" topics such as: HVAC applications, training, Horeca industry, commercial and household refrigeration.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta commented: “ATMOshpere 2016 is an important occasion for getting up-to-date with the industry, exchanging views with experts and with representatives from the European Commission and governments of numerous EU countries. The conference will also give us the opportunity to share our success case histories on the installation of natural refrigerant systems with suppliers, end users and leading HVAC&R experts with a view to developing new synergies."

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Epta looks forward to meeting you at Gulfood, the world’s biggest and most important annual food and hospitality show, also dedicated to the restaurant industry, scheduled for 21-25 February 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (Hall: Za'abeel, Sector: Foodservice Equipment, Stand: Z5-E21).

With almost 5,000 exhibitors participating from over 120 countries, Gulfood is a natural meeting place for international flavors and business with the leading trade operators in the world. The show, now in its 21st edition, will provide an important platform for the exchange and sharing of the latest products, services and trends in the hospitality industry.  

Over the course of the five-day event, Epta will participate with its Costan, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp brands, to introduce the new refrigeration solutions that these brands are about to launch onto the market, demonstrating the desire to transform bars, restaurants, hotels and specialist stores into social spaces where people gather and interact, while ensuring maximum food safety and complete respect for the environment.  

Costan, a specialized brand in the international retail sector, will be presenting its systems, which combine aesthetics and technology and ensure optimum visibility and respect for the environment: the epitome of top quality and reliability, in addition to contributing towards flawless product display, Costan cabinets also guarantee exceptional performance both in terms of food preservation and of energy efficiency. Eurocryor will exhibit its custom-built cabinets, the result of the brand’s creativity and passion, designed to present each product at its very best and stimulate extra sales for prestige outlets. Misa will present its approach to promoting Quality & Technology, defined as technology in the service of quality and healthy food, as part of the brand’s commitment to the design of cold rooms capable of promoting Food Value. Specifically, all Misa solutions are equipped with Epta Food Defence, the innovative antibacterial system that uses silver ions to prevent, combat, and eliminate several species of bacteria, including the best-known and most dangerous. Finally, Iarp will present its plug-in cabinets, which are the result of Plug-in power. The distinguishing feature of its glass cabinets and vending machines is the ability to combine an eco-friendly spirit with exclusive style, while enhancing the visibility of the products displayed with different colors, lights, materials and high-tech solutions.  

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Three video clips outline all the stages of the partnership between Epta and Granarolo. A partnership dedicated to innovation and summed up in videos that aim to convey the Milk Experience within its area at Expo 2015.

The clips, filmed at the Granarolo stand in the Italian Pavilion, are in interview-form to illustrate the challenges posed and the results of an alliance which have yielded two refrigerated cabinets specially designed and produced by Costan and Iarp.

In detail, William Pagani, Epta Group Marketing Director explains how the partnership came about, before unveiling Epta’s “secrets” when it comes to creating and customising cabinets for major food producers and the main Major Retail brands. Designed to make the utmost use of available space, the refrigerated equipment of the Group’s brands combine unbeatable visibility and accessibility to products with the utmost food safety, in line with the concept “The Epta Way UP: Preserving Food Value”.
Giorgio de Ponti, Designer at the Epta Innovation Centre, describes the technical and aesthetic characteristics that render the solutions designed for Granarolo, both of which are patent-pending, unique. The combination of natural materials and cutting-edge technologies teamed with an original display layout make it possible to enhance Granarolo’s products, improve interaction with Customers whilst at the same time ensuring the highest food safety standards.

Last but not least, Myriam Finocchiaro, Head of Communication & Corporate Affairs at Granarolo, explains that “With Epta and Granarolo, Italian produce has a winning card to play at Expo 2015”. She goes on to state how satisfied she is with the resulting Costan and Iarp cabinets, which combine outstanding performance with an original design whose unusual characteristics arouse Customer curiosity, thereby contributing towards increased purchases.

Watch the videos and find out more about the project!

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On Thursday 8 October, Epta will be taking part in the “Energy requalification of shopping centres: technologies and methodologies” round table, organized within the framework of the European CommONEnergy project, which will be held at the Coop Forum in Expo 2015 starting at 5:30 pm.

The European Union-funded CommONEnergy project aims to transform supermarkets, which are often conceived as paradigms of our consumer society, into concrete examples of energy efficiency and eco-sustainability. The programme involves 23 partners, including the Epta group, which represent various Companies, as well as the research centres and academia of ten European countries.

Benefits for the environment and for society: the project has several objectives, which range from a drastic reduction in energy consumption in stores to a significant mobilization of investment, and will create around 20,000 new jobs. CommONEnergy is seeking to develop a systematic approach to revolutionizing the retail outlets of the large supermarket chains, adopting innovative methods and technologies.

Epta’s role in CommONEnergy ranges from developing CO2-based solutions for the integration of refrigeration with existing systems in buildings with a view to moving them towards “near-zero” energy impact, to the manufacture of installations designed to exploit the synergies offered by Smart Grids.

In the context of the round table, the Group, represented by Maurizio Orlandi, Manager of Epta Innovation Centre, will discuss the topic: How to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, always a fundamental pillar of the company’s approach.

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The Epta Group has presented its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report, providing last year’s key economic, social and environmental results to stakeholders and Clients. It also defines future objectives, promoting sustainable growth and enhancing human resources. Epta set a high standard for the reiability of this report which has accordingly been certified by the TÜV Austria Cert GmbH Institute which applies the GRI (Global Reporting Initiatives) guidelines, obtaining an assessment of C+.

In addition to high-performance energy saving solutions, Epta’s focus on safeguarding the environment is also borne out by measures geared towards optimising energy and water consumption in establishments: the installation of cogeneration systems and photovoltaic panels has, in one year, led to a 14% reduction in the KOEs (Kilograms of Oil Equivalent) per product made, whilst consistent technical improvements have also reduced water consumption at a rate of 31% per unit produced.

Further confirmation of the Group’s dedication to protecting the global climate balance comes in the form of the many awards it has received. In particular these include Ecocare 2014 for the environmental sustainability of Costan’s plant in Belluno, the RAC Cooling Industry Award 2014, the Eco-conception 2015 award and the prestigious Janus de L’Industrie 2014 and 2015, with a mention for Eco Design.

Epta also aims to create a positive and safe workplace, and in doing so intends developing the skills and competences of its human resources. In particular, with regard to the health and safety of its workers, the Group has drafted the “Epta for safety” project, which has guaranteed an 18% reduction in the number of accidents per work hour over the last twelve months.

Marco Nocivelli, Epta’s CEO, declared: “The third Report is tangible proof of our commitment to continue the process which got underway four years ago to demonstrate and implement strategies geared towards achieving sustainable social progress.” A responsible approach effectively summed up by the concept “The Epta Way UP: Preserving Food Value”, which takes tangible form in the ongoing Research & Development work for ensuring food is preserved and displayed to excellent standards, with full respect for the resources of the local area.

Epta 3rd Corporate Social Responsability Report

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Thanks to its innovative and eco-friendly technologies Epta has once again been nominated amongst the finalist of the eleventh edition of the RAC Cooling Industry Awards, the most prestigious event for the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, which the Group has already won prizes in 2006, 2009 and 2014. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 23 September, during the course of a gala evening at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, in London.

The refrigeration and air-conditioning industry is today facing the challenge of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions, to protect the planet’s resources and prevent change of its delicate climate balance. RAC Cooling Industry Awards was first held in 2004 run by the eponymous sector magazine, to award companies that set themselves apart in terms of solutions that are sustainable and respectful of the environment.

Specifically, this year Epta is a finalist in two categories: Environmental Collaboration of the Year and Refrigeration Product of the Year. With regard to the former, the Group was nominated alongside the English company Aerofoil Energy and Sainsbury’s, the UK supermarket chain who have a strong drive towards reducing the environmental cost of refrigeration, for the installation of an aerodynamic profile fixed to the front of shelves to maximize maximise energy saving. The vertical GranVista, the flag-ship of the Rev UP Family, will be competing for the award of Refrigeration Product of the Year: a refrigerated multi-sensorial cabinet, characterised by a surprising design and by innovative use of materials of the quality, to ensure the maximum level of thermal insulation and a significant reduction of energy consumption. In addition, thanks to this design, Epta has already received a prestigious eco-design award from the Institut Français du Design.

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A new award for Epta, as it wins the first edition of Eco Conception Aquitania. The event was organised by CCI Landes (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Landes) to reward the most innovative solutions designed and produced in France and, in particular, Aquitania, that succeed in combining style, functionality, ergonomics and durability.

Once again the champion is REV Up Technology and, specifically the total glass vertical cabinet Skyview for Bonnet Névé and Granvista for Costan, which has already been awarded a Janus de l’Industrie Eco Design mention. The solution responds perfectly to the principle of eco-design, which is the essence of the project: the use of composite materials guarantees more recycling and ensures a 60% reduction in water consumption during the production phase.

Central to the design of the cabinet is consideration of the trio product/market/Customers, with the aim of modifying the existing paradigm and offering a cabinet with an exclusive style, which also stimulates purchases and responds effectively to the need for Retailers to save energy. In this regard, SkyView/GranVista has LED illumination, low-consumption fans and greater thermal insulation (+30%), for a lower energy consumption within the retail outlet (-50%) compared to traditional open cabinets.
Finally, Epta invested in an LCA (Product Life Cycle Analysis) simulator to quantify the actual impact of the solution on the environment. The software was produced thanks to the contribution of ADEME (Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie) and the combined commitment of Epta France’s R&D Team based in Hendaye and the international organisation QUANTIS. The data shows that SkyView/GranVista creates a 49.5% reduction in carbon footprint compared to traditional open cabinets, with a resulting reduction in CO2 emissions of 7831 Kg, which corresponds to 42 return plane journeys between Paris and London.

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Epta is an active partner within the Anima Federation, which is present at Expo2015 in the Italian Pavilion through the Special Confindustria Project. The collaboration involves various important ventures to promote Italian industry throughout the world.

The project #AnimaPerExpo, that is presented within the Italian space at the Universal Exposition, entails the development of specific plans to improve the brand image of Epta and another six historic brands from the Italian manufacturing sector, who are points of reference in the irrigation, cooking and transport sectors.

Amongst the most interesting results from the partnership between the Anima Federation and Epta we note the important role played by the Group in setting up the Exhibition #FoodPeople, organised by the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum of Milan, the contribution to the organisation of FabFood, the exhibition dedicated to sustainable industrial food production that Confindustria is hosting within Palazzo Italia and the video that was filmed with Rai (Radio Televisione Italiana), to illustrate Italian technological excellence. In addition, the Anima Federation will be communicating with Epta through its new website focused on the Universal Exposition (http://expo2015.anima.it/it/content/epta).
The ceremony offered an opportunity to highlight the importance of technological innovation in the food sector and promote a responsible approach, which is fully reflected in the concept The Epta Way UP: preserving food value. It is a fact that the Group has always put its technologically advanced systems at the service of Retailers, to ensure perfect food safety, conservation and displaying of foods, thus adding value.


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The Epta Group, already a donor to the “Luigi Bocconi” University of Milan, is now one of the main financers of the new AldAF-EY Chair in Family Business Strategies, in memory of the great Italian entrepreneur, Alberto Falck.

Presented on March 4th by Prof. Guido Corbetta, this new Chair has  evolved from the existing temporary position, established with a contributions from the AldAF (Italian Association of Family Businesses) in 2004 to support detailed studies in topics related to family businesses, a growing area which increased its share in the Fortune Global 500 from 15% in 2005 to the current 19%. Based on an analysis by the Department of Management and Technology family businesses are in a position to pursue important basic choices, and can guarantee continuity and stability in an economic situation that, despite the hard times, has the potential through courage and determination to see future growth.

There are two significant changes: on the one hand, thanks to the Donor company, the AldAF Chair becomes permanent and is the first course dedicated to preparing young men and women to make family businesses competitive in world markets. On the other, thanks to a contribution from the EY “Global Family Business Centre of Excellence” – a world network for professional account auditing and organization, tax, transaction and advisory services – the Chair can function internationally, offering concrete support to the various needs of Family Businesses.

The EPTA Group, a backer of this project, represents a concrete example of an excellent family business which succeeded in consolidating its position in the market by the combination of international growth through acquisition of important foreign brands, and continuous investment in both process and product innovation, demonstrating its effectiveness and strength over the years.

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