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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Milan, July 17th 2015 – Epta announces the acquisition of Knudsen Køling, a company specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of turnkey refrigeration and CO2 systems in Denmark. With this strategic move EPTA strengthens its position in the Nordic Countries, a region with the highest standards in environment and energy efficient solutions, key characteristics of the Epta offer.

The Head Office of Knudsen Køling is in Køge, close to Copenhagen - Denmark, the Company has been providing Retailers and industry with excellently designed, highly efficient refrigeration cabinets, plug-ins and reliable solutions for over 50 years, supported by a nationwide sales distribution and service network.

A well-established business, Knudsen Køling provides the best in class products, customized concepts and dedicated services to the main Retailers in the region, such as the Coop Group, Dansk Supermarked, Dagrofa/Norgesgruppen, Reitan and many others.

Epta is already present in the Nordic Countries with its own subsidiaries in Finland and Norway, working directly with major Retailers, as well as through a premium network of qualified distributors. The Group has entered into this agreement with the intent of consolidating its position in the north of Europe, one of the first markets to develop solutions with natural refrigerants. Epta and Knudsen Køling together, have completed more than 1.000 installations of CO2 systems worldwide. The acquisition will foster important synergies among the existing operations in Germany and UK, with strong benefits for all customers and business partners in the region.

In Marco Nocivelli's words as Epta's CEO: “Since the year 2000 Knudsen Køling has been one of the most dynamic players in Denmark in the development of CO2 systems. The acquisition of Knudsen Køling is a perfect match for our expansion plan to strengthen our presence in the refrigeration market worldwide, through  partnership with leading brands in their respective countries. This is a great opportunity for both parties to share technological expertise and offer the widest portfolio of HFC free solutions”.

Caretti & Associati has been Epta’s financial advisor, whilst ATRIUM Partners acted as financial advisor to the sellers.

The closing of the acquisition is final and will be effective July 17th 2015.


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EPTA, with its brands Costan, Bonnet Névé, George Barker, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp, confirms its attention to quality in the cold chain by becoming a sponsor of Plataforma del Congelado, founded in Spain in 2003 and which has sustained the development of the frozen food industry since 2009, through close collaboration between producers and distributors.

This Platform is a permanent year long initiative promoted by the most important companies in the frozen product sector and coordinated by the AECOC, a non-profit association bringing together more than 24,000 Spanish companies with the objective of increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the entire supply chain, thus creating added value for the consumer. Moreover, AECOC is a member of GS1, one of the most important International organizations dedicated to the development and implementation of world standards and solutions for effective, safe management of the distribution chain in numerous sectors.

The main objectives of the Plataforma del Congelado range from circulating information on the strengths of frozen products, to improving the perception of this product category and identifying the most recent trends in purchasing and consumer needs, all to guarantee a more satisfying shopping experience. Lastly, the Platform aims to optimize all aspects of the cold chain, thus promoting effective training for all workers in the sector.

As a sponsor of the initiative, Epta will be a sounding board for the needs and requests of producers and retailers, making its knowledge and most recent innovations available for the growth of the entire sector. In fact, through its technically advanced systems, Epta ensures perfect conservation and display of foods, promoting their value and safety, as effectively expressed in its slogan: “The Epta Way UP:  preserving Food Value”.

Finally, with an eye on improving the Frozen food area, Epta looks to new solutions through the Rev-UP Family, a Costan and Bonnet Névé range that ensures easy access to products and elevated performance in terms of energy savings. In particular, the ElephantUP/AmpleoUP negative temperature wall cabinets and the CaymanUP/ColiseumUP vertical and horizontal units stand out; they are all marked by full glass doors with anti-mist film and built-in LED lights, for maximum visibility.

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Epta developed the first CO2 banana ripening system in Germany for Matthies & Söhne Fruchtimport GmbH, one of the leading German importers of fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world. Bananas are a climacteric fruit and continue to ripen after separation from the plant. They are harvested while still green and placed in a refrigerated ripening chamber, at a specific temperature, and exposed to Ethylene gas to complete the ripening process, thus reaching a consistency and sweetness perfect for sale.

The system installed by Epta consists of six chambers in which the fruit ripens over a period of a few days. This system is different from others because the temperature is manually controlled: in fact, the operator can adjust the temperature according to the ripening degree desired, thus guaranteeing meticulous control over all of the process phases. Moreover, using a TCP/IP interface, Epta can remotely monitor the system 24/7, intervening immediately in case of malfunctions.

The solution, complete with a CO2 system and Misa cold rooms, is equipped with three-point adjustment so the operator can set the temperature with maximum precision. If the temperature falls below the lower limit, the heating system kicks in; conversely, if the maximum set temperature is exceeded, the refrigeration system automatically starts up. The cooling system uses CO2, a natural refrigeration gas that ensures energy savings of 25% and a high level of sustainability.

Robert Roßmann, from the Epta central area Service/Sales department explains, “We work with a sensor that constantly measures the temperature inside one of the bananas. Our program controls and records every variation. In this way, our clients obtain better profits, because the raw materials are preserved for a longer period, without rapidly spoiling”.

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Epta invites you to take an exclusive tour of #FoodValue its enchanting “Foodcities” Eurocryor, Misa & Iarp at Host 2015 (Hall 2 M22 P15), one of the most important international events in the catering and hospitality industry to be held on 23-27 October in Milan, located in close proximity to pavilions of Expo 2015.

You will experience our view of what innovative thought means in food preservation through visiting our stand, which is divided into three complimentary areas that in turn combine harmoniously with the original RawFood Corner by Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp: the “kingdom” of Chef Lorena Loriato, whom Epta will have the pleasure of hosting during the event.

The chef, a leading exponent of raw food, will illustrate the immense importance of refrigeration solutions in the preparation of raw food through a series of daily cooking demonstrations at 11:30am and 3:00 pm. Experts in nutrition have confirmed that the growing trend in Europe to use raw ingredients in food preparation is beneficial due to the retention of nutritious elements such as vitamins, enzymes, mineral salts and organoleptic properties that would otherwise be lost during food processing.

In this regard, the correct preservation of raw food ingredients is one of Epta’s imperatives, which has been channelled through the Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp developments to be seen at FoodCity.  With the mission statement “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, Epta reasserts its commitment to technologically advanced solutions that ensure perfect preservation and display of foodstuffs while enhancing its life value.


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Saturday, June 13th, Epta participated in the XVI European Conference on the most recent new technology in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry at Expo 2015. The event, organized by the UN, FAO and UNEP in collaboration with the International Institute of Refrigeration (Paris), the Centro Studi Galileo and the Association of Italian Refrigeration Technicians, featured over 50 speakers, world experts and 200 companies from 25 countries, who presented the most innovative and sustainable solutions, in line with the F-GAS and ECODESIGN directives. This was the only event on the cold chain at Expo 2015 and focused attention on methods of preserving food using modern refrigeration technology, fundamental for fighting world hunger and regularly feeding 7 billion people with quality food.

The Conference was divided into five Sessions, scheduled between Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th. The first four sessions were held at the Polytechnic University of Milan and focused on new legislation concerning the gradual reduction in the use of fluorinated refrigerant gases, with special attention on new components developed to guarantee maximum energy savings.

The Fifth Session, on “The Revolution in Refrigeration Systems for Feeding the Planet”, was held in the official Conference Centre of the Universal Exposition, at 3:00 pm. During this session, Maurizio Orlandi, Manager of the Epta Innovation Center, presented two innovative technologies developed by the Group for reducing energy consumption and, consequently, indirect emissions: the first uses a water circuit connecting single units featuring variable speed compressors, while the second is a refrigerated cabinet using adaptive air-flow created by the use of variable speed fans. Both systems adapt to the needs of the cabinet - which change according to environmental conditions – and optimise performance even in “off-design” conditions, contributing to a significant decrease in energy consumption and improving the environmental impact by reducing the TEWI (Total Energy Warming Impact).

The solutions presented by Epta align perfectly with the central themes of the Convention, aimed at promoting sustainability through the correct conservation of food, to guarantee reasonable, quality nutrition. In fact, the Group, with its responsible approach expressed in the concept “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, takes inspiration from the principles of ethical consumption, ensuring maximum authenticity, freshness and food safety, through innovative technology designed to fully support local resources.

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A George Barker installation turns into an opportunity for the community of Wrose


Epta, with the George Barker brand, equipped the new Co-operative Group convenience store in Wrose, a small village near Bradford, England. The Co-operative Group, the UK supermarket chain for fair trade and responsible retail for over 15 years, has sponsored many new initiatives to develop the resources of the local community.
Attention to excellence led the The Co-operative Group to opt for George Barker when it came to preserving and displaying their products: multideck freezers, and vertical chillers with sliding doors give a contemporary touch to the store.

Sustainability and community: locally the village of Wrose is well-known for its Carnival, which has enlivened the early weeks of July since 1976. The event was cancelled in 2014 due to lack of funding, but it will be back again on July 4th, 2015. Instrumental to this comeback were Epta Deputy Account Manager Chris Sunderland and his wife Karen, who is on the organising committee to resurrect the Carnival for 2015. Thanks to the Sunderlands, the Co-operative has become a sponsor of the event. The Co-operative is also now a supporter of the local Low Ash Primary school, whose pupils – always at the heart of the celebrations - participated in the store's grand opening ceremony.

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Epta, with its Costan and Eurocryor brands, has fitted out the eighth  Conad Sapori & Dintorni sales point, opened at Milan Central Station on April 29th. With a total area of 663 m2 this is an ideal locaton to promote the best regional agri-food products, creating a meeting point for tourists and locals alike.

The chain's innovational reputation is clearly demonstarted by the store layout. Each section is labelled in two languages, Italian and English, and the number of products on display exceeds 3,500, with a majority of Lombard specialties and Dop, Doc and Igp-certified foods. In order to guarantee the highest food authenticity, freshness and safety, Costan and Eurocryor have developed a project with integrated technology and equipment enabling flawless presentation of specialties Made in Italy: from serve-over counters, within the Cheese & Sausages Section, to Eurocryor Panorama units for the display of hot and cold deli food, bread and pastry products, including closed multidecks for both fresh and frozen food as well as RossiniSV cabinets for ready to use, cut, cleaned and lightly processed vegetables (the so called fourth and fifth range). This complete system enhances an exclusive format, proposed by Sapori & Dintorni in the name of sustainability and efficiency. EPTABlue Waterloop stands out here, the revolutionary solution that cools the refrigerated cabinets using a closed water circuit.

To meet the consumers' need for variety, Sapori & Dintorni also features a Sushi Daily corner, jointly created by Epta and KellyDeli. Dedicated to the preparation and display of sushi, it brings together performance and spectacular display offering added value well beyond the ordinary shopping experience.

This is the Italian counterpart to fast food, a store that combines the advantages of the American model with the flavours of a neighbourhood market. The establishment offers customers the choice of hot food purchased from the Deli Department, the freshest sushi or the tastiest fruit salad, in a dedicated area with a wi-fi connection.

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Epta receives the ELITE Certification


Epta has joined the restricted number of companies (33) to receive the Elite certification. This award follows the completion of a path created by Borsa Italiana in co-operation with Academy London Stock Exchange and a number of other prominent institutions and national organisations such as the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, Confindustria, ABI, Fondo Strategico Italiano, SACE, SIMEST, the Italian Investment Fund and Bocconi University.
Today, the Elite platform, created in 2012, lists 271 companies in 15 European countries, more than 150 advisers and 80 investors. To join Elite, Companies must meet some basic requirements such as a positive track record for the following factors: growth, turnover, a firm competitive standing and a dependable growth project.
In order to be awarded the Elite Certification it is necessary to complete all three phases of the path devised by Borsa Italiana: GET Ready, GET Fit and GET Value: these three phases aim at accelerating company growth through an organisational and management development plan. What ELITE offers to the companies selected is a platform of tools and services to enable them to grasp new visibility and networking opportunities and to position themselves with the financial markets.

The official ceremony was held on April 27th at the Palazzo Mezzanotte, in Piazza degli Affari, Milan. During the ceremony, Nunzio Visciano, Head of Equity Market Listing at Borsa Italiana, handed over the Elite Certification to Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of the Epta Group, thereby confirming that the company has fulfilled all three path phases.
Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of the Epta Group says in this respect: “The Elite Project, that we joined two years ago, is an important opportunity to measure ourselves with dynamic and fast-growing businesses, a route to cultural enrichment for the organisation, a spur to identifying strategic objectives and implementing innovative means to strengthen our leadership”.

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Thaifex 2015: Experience the best in Asia with Epta


Epta presents the company's technological innovations and the latest trends in the  food & beverage industry at THAIFEX, the foremost Asian trade fair in the food business (May 20th through 24th , Bangkok, Pavilion 9, Booth G-49).
This eleventh edition, with 1,500-plus International exhibitors, 112,000 expected visitors and an exhibition area of 70,000 m² is an unparalleled showcase for the solutions offered by our brands, Costan, Misa and Iarp: the latter will be also be the Fair's official provider of display cabinet rentals throughout the event.

Epta will be there to exhibit a comprehensive array of solutions dedicated to the Eastern markets and able to satisfy all the requirements of the Horeca and Retail industry. Among the highlights presented, the Gemma 30 plug-in cabinet by Iarp stands out: this entirely customisable compact display case with soft lines is an ideal unit to encourage impulse purchases in small size sales areas. Attractive design is the hallmark of Costan's Lion, a positive-temperature multideck characterised by high visibility and easy access to the products displayed as well as by low energy consumption. Lastly, Epta's commitment ensures good hygiene and food freshness, demonstrated by the presence of MISA's KLC cold room, which guarantees unrivalled product safety and preservation.

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