Epta has launched the new #EptaExperience APP, that was developed for Euroshop 2017 in collaboration with BT and Eit Digital. The application is available on Google Play and App Store and represents the digital strategy for “#EptaExperience is the way”, but is a limited taster version of the app. It is a concept through which Epta has confirmed once again its capacity to combine expertise, innovation and personalisation of its brands’ solutions, to offer Consumers a unique and engaging experience and transform retail spaces from Points of Sale to Points of Experience, contributing to Retailers’ commercial success.

The APP is already available to enable users to view teaser content and get “a taste” of the experience they will be able to enjoy in Epta’s exhibition space from 5 to 9 March (Stand A60 – B60, Pad. 16). Thanks to the beacon technology, when visitors arrive at the stand the full version app and will become a digital guide to accompany them on an immersive tour to discover new refrigerated solutions and systems with state-of-the-art technology. The interactive presentation will have insights into special partnerships, in-depth information on new products and services and exclusive videos and fun moments, allowing visitors to truly discover the unique #EptaExperience.

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In October 2016, the excellence and expertise of Epta UK was recognised by Co-op, a leading retail chain in the United Kingdom, at the Co-op Construction Team Charity and Supplier Awards Evening 2016. In the exclusive setting of The Palace Hotel Manchester, Epta UK was named Supplier of the Year, the most prestigious award on offer.

John Austin-Davies, Commercial Director of Epta UK stated: “We are delighted to continue our success at the Co-op Awards Evening, having been awarded supplier of the year on three of the four occasions that this event has been held. I would like to thank all staff and our Contracting Team for their positive contribution to this success” and he concluded “We are also proud to announce that our partnership with Co-op is getting stronger all the time: between 2015 and 2016 we produced an impressive 450 retail stores together.”

The scale and quality of service provided by Epta UK were central to the success in the Co-op Construction Team Charity and Supplier Awards Evening 2016.

One notable project, Co-op Horwich store in the Greater Manchester region, represents a concrete example of energy efficiency and eco-sustainability in the supermarket industry.

At its core lies an exclusive system that is based on the transcritical CO2 Epta Eco2Small refrigeration system. This solution was created by the Group for the European Union’s CommONEnergy project and allows integration of the building’s refrigeration units and reutilisation of heat by exploiting the properties of CO2. It is an all-in-one solution that is already achieving very positive results. To date, the system has surpassed the envisaged performance levels from both simulations and prototypes –offering a 21% improvement in energy saving and a 57% reduction in the TEWI index compared to equivalent traditional models using HFC refrigerant gases.




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With its brands Costan, Eurocryor and Misa, Epta has confirmed its status as the supplier of the refrigerating systems for MasterChef Italia, the renowned culinary talent show which will be back for the sixth season on Sky UNO HD every Thursday at prime time.

The “Zero Waste” philosophy is at the heart of the new season and the aim of this virtuous approach is to raise awareness of this highly topical subject with a large audience: to astound the four dreaded judges Carlo Cracco, Joe Bastianich, Bruno Barbieri and Antonino Cannavacciuolo technique, creativity and daring will not suffice, as aspiring MasterChefs will have to prove their talent “in the art of food rescue”, to demonstrate that even leftovers and lesser cuts can be used to prepare the finest dishes.

These are values that Epta also firmly believes in and with this venture it has confirmed its commitment in promoting the centrality of refrigeration as a resource for reducing food waste, while ensuring a correct display and the highest level of freshness for food items.

With Epta, even appearance is important: the Costan branded Opera, a green plug-in characterised by high efficiency fans and LED lighting, was chosen for its impeccable presentation of fresh foods in the most famous pantry on Italian television. Also worthy of mention are Eurocryor’s Flat cabinets, with their amazing 3D transparency and display elegance. These solutions were designed to enable contestants to immediately identify all ingredients and avoid wasting even a second of the precious time they have to complete the challenges.

Finally, Sound Green Costan plug-in cabinets for frozen foods and Misa cold rooms are unbeatable allies in the preservation of gourmet products. Specifically, the Misa solutions are equipped with the exclusive Epta Food Defence technology, a cutting-edge system that uses the special properties of silver ions to improve food safety and ensure a complete and permanent antibacterial protection for the entire life cycle of the cold rooms.

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This was a prestigious collaboration for Epta in the restyling of COOP ALLEANZA 3.0 store in Modena Canaletto designed by renowned Venetian architect Paolo Lucchetta, the founder of + RetailDesign srl. The project fits within the town planning and social requalification programme of the entire neighbourhood currently being promoted by the Local Council. It is an example of the revitalisation of an area where businesses and local institutions have come together to create a meeting place and strengthen the sense of community amongst local citizens.

The renewal of the COOP ALLEANZA 3.0 store was partly funded by the European Union, in partnership with CommONEnergy, an EU research project aiming to transform supermarkets into tangible examples of energy efficiency and eco-sustainability, by promoting the take up of cutting-edge methods and technologies. In this regard, the innovations include the integration of refrigeration and HVAC plant, natural lighting with solar tubes and the implementation of thermal insulation for the building.

To help transform the store into a model of n-ZEB (nearly-Zero Energy Buildings), Epta offered an all-in-one solution based on a transcritical CO2 system. This exclusive system completely satisfies the store’s thermal energy requirements by adjusting the cooling and heating capacity according to demand and through the use of a heat recovery module.

The renewal of the COOP ALLEANZA 3.0 store in Modena Canaletto involved the entire store layout, which was also designed by Paolo Lucchetta. The fresh and frozen foods areas were transformed into a market square where colours, flavours and aromas blend together to bring to life a space that places the customer at the centre of an innovative shopping experience that truly stimulates the senses. The solutions adopted include GranVista, the Costan branded vertical cabinet, Elephant UP freezers and the semi-vertical Aeria UP with panoramic ends, chosen to draw attention to the rich assortment of fresh and frozen products and the organic veg selection. And then, we see the “artistic touch” of the great architect in the mosaics using different species and thicknesses of wood for the finishing touches of the traditional Eurocryor cabinets, Bistrot and Torre, in the Butcher’s, Cold Cuts & Cheese department and the unique Impact cabinet for the Deli. The latter combines self-serve and serve-over sections, to present the range of specialities prepared every day by Coop’s chefs.





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Costan, an Epta Group brand, is amongst the winners of the Marco Polo Award. The award, which is now in its 26th edition, is assigned by Unioncamere and the Foreign Trade Centre of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto. It aims to nurture and promote the business activities of companies from Veneto that contribute significantly to the regional development of foreign trade in the industry, craftsmanship, agro-food, tourism and service sectors respectively.

The ceremony will take place in the headquarters of the Treviso-Belluno Chamber of Commerce on 14 December and William Pagani, Group Marketing Director for Epta will attend the event to collect the prestigious award.

Specifically, Costan was chosen for its excellent performance in the Veneto economy through its strong export focus and the impressive results obtained abroad during the course of 2015. Moreover, the Jury appreciated the constant growth of a brand that has been an international benchmark in the refrigeration sector since the ’70s. In this regard, exports are a key driver for Costan, as confirmed by the figures: 80% of 2015 turnover comes from trade with European and non-European countries. These results were made possible through the Epta Group’s constant investment in innovation with the objective of combining the excellence of its products with low environmental impact growth and, on the other hand, by the presence of a widespread sales network comprising branches and distributors all over the world.

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There was more success for Epta UK, which was amongst the winners at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2016 - the prestigious event for the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector - following on from the awards it picked up in the 2006, 2009 and 2014 editions.

Specifically, the Environmental Collaboration of the Year award went to Trailblazer Employers Group and was collected by John Austin-Davies, the Commercial Director of Epta UK in his capacity as Chairman of the Employers Group, along with Miriam Rodway, CEO of the IOR (Institute of Refrigeration). This is a programme funded by the UK government that involves the cooperation of companies from different sectors in the development of new guidelines for training apprentices to a defined standard. For the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector the IOR invited 11 Companies to take part in the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Project, including Epta UK. The objective is that of setting high standards of training for apprentices based upon real market requirements and promoting technological development, while improving attention to environmental issues.

The feedback from the judges for the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2016 on this venture was very positive: “The project represents one of the most significant developments in our market segment. This collaboration is the most important of its kind and will have a relevant impact in the promotion of a new approach towards environmental sustainability, and in its contribution to honing the skills of future generations of engineers.”

Moreover, the Jury also had a high regard for the collaboration between Epta UK and The Co-operative Group - a leading retail chain in the UK – for the creation of the retail store in Horwich (Greater Manchester). The collaboration stemmed from the EU FP7 CommONEnergy project and was one of the finalists in the categories, Retail Project of the Year and Low Carbon Achievement.

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Epta is the official supplier for the first edition of Top Chef Italia, the renowned cooking show that has been gripping millions of viewers all over the world for 50 seasons in 21 countries. It is a compelling contest between professional chefs, produced by Magnolia for Discovery Italia with a prime time broadcast on Channel 9.

Passion, experience, manual dexterity, creativity and excellent ingredients: these are the secrets of the Top Chef Italia competitors. To ensure the perfect execution of their gastronomic masterpieces, the set was fitted-out with professional equipment, including Epta solutions from Costan and Misa brands. Cutting-edge refrigerated cabinets and cold rooms that are a testament to Epta’s responsible approach, as expressed by the concept “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”.

Specifically, the vertical and horizontal plug-ins Opera and Sound Green Costan were chosen, as they combine impeccable presentation and the best preservation of the organoleptic qualities of foodstuffs, with the highest respect for the environment, through the use of green technologies. Moreover, the utmost freshness, wholesomeness and food safety of the sophisticated ingredients is ensured by the Misa KLM cold room, equipped with the exclusive Epta Food Defence. This is an innovative antibacterial system with silver ions available for all Misa solutions and devised to improve the food safety of the products stocked within the cold rooms.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director for Epta, comments: “This is a new collaboration through which Epta contributes to promoting the centrality of refrigeration as an essential resource for safeguarding foodstuffs and contrasting food waste. In conformity with the Gadda law on the management of surplus food, that came into force in September, Top Chef Italia donates the fresh and high quality products stocked inside the Costan and Misa solutions that are not used during filming to a Milan based charity. This same charity provides more than 2,500 meals every day to people in need, through an agreement with the food bank.”

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A partnership based on an eco-sustainable philosophy: this is the common thread underlying the integrated solutions provided through systems produced by the brands Costan and Eurocryor from the Epta Group for the new Migross store in Caprino Veronese.

A store with a “green heart” through which the Brand wants to highlight its attention to the requirements of the local community in Caprino Veronese, where it has been trading for more than 20 years. Migross’s respect for the area can be seen in original choices like the use of dark stone cladding for the external façade of the store which successfully integrates the building within the mountainous landscape. Moreover the supermarket, which has a surface area of circa 1,500 m2, has a class A energy certification, thanks to its choice of state of the art refrigeration solutions, the use of LED lighting and, last but not least, the installation of solar panels on the roof (42 Kw).

More specifically, in order to respond to Migross’s requirement to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, Epta proposed a CO2 cascade system along with Costan and Eurocryor cabinets, which combine high efficiency with improved product presentation. These include GranVista and Aeria UP Closed, the vertical and semi-vertical chillers, the traditional Rossini Design Convertible cabinet, also available in the Tavola Calda version for hot food and the Cayman UP vertical cabinet for frozen food from the Rev UP Family. It is an exclusive range that enabled the whole store to be fitted-out with a single family of products, thanks to a winning mix of style and technology: from the bakery to cold cuts & cheeses, to deli products and the butcher’s department, through to the fresh and frozen foods area, for a high impact end result that also ensures the highest level of energy saving.

Moreover, to enhance the appeal of the self-serve cold cuts, Epta went for the Eurcoryor branded Twin Mini: a display island with extensive customisation possibilities characterised by a transparent back panel that helps to attract the attention of consumers with natural lighting that highlights the freshness of the products. The special design of Twin Mini also enables fresh foodstuffs to be presented inside the cabinet along with dry items on top of the cabinet, in order to increase cross-selling.

Finally, Epta installed Costan branded promotional islands, the panoramic version Chorus and the semi-panoramic Rhapsody. These compact and efficient plug-ins were designed to respond to Retailer requirements to increase impulse purchases while ensuring a lower environmental impact, thanks to the choice of propane R290 as a natural refrigerant. Propane R290 offers a high performance coefficient and a GWP that is about 1300 times lower than synthetic gases like R404A.

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On 14 October Costan celebrated its 70th anniversary and unveiled the Glass production department in the Limana factory, in the province of Belluno. The event was attended by members of the press and representatives from local and national authorities who gave speeches during the course of the event: MP Gianclaudio Bressa, Undersecretary for Regional Affairs and Autonomies, Gianpaolo Bottacin, Councillor for the Environment and Civil Protection for the Veneto Region, Daniela Larese Filon Chairman of the Province of Belluno and the Mayor of Limana, Milena De Zanet.

It was an event for looking back at Costan’s history and evolution and confirming future projects for the brand - an historic component of the Epta Group - founded in 1946 when brothers Mario and Alberto Costan from Val Comelico set up their first artisans workshop for the production of ice-boxes and refrigerated cabinets in Turin.

Costan is synonymous with quality, first class service, technologically advanced and highly reliable solutions, where innovation is the true strength. In keeping with Epta’s policies, Costan combines product excellence with low environmental impact growth. In the last 10 years the drive towards renewal has been even more pronounced with an average of 5 million euro set aside every year, a total of 50 million between 2007 and 2016. The aim of this strategy is a continual improvement in environmental terms - reducing Costan’s carbon footprint - and in the transformation of its plant into a “factory of the future”, thanks to the introduction and implementation of cutting-edge machinery and automated production lines.

In particular, the most recent investment involved the creation of the Glass production department, a project started at the end of 2014. This strategic plan worth approximately 10 million euro has enabled the Group to acquire the necessary technology and skills to produce up to 250,000 monolithic glass and insulated glass units every year and creating 60 new jobs in the Belluno area. The opening of the Glass production department, occupying an area of 4,800 m2, has also led to an enlargement of the site, which now has a covered area of 70,000 m2.

Marco Nocivelli, CEO and Chairman of the Epta Group stated: “We are proud to celebrate two major goals with our illustrious guests: Costan’s 70th anniversary and the unveiling of the new Glass production department, that has recently started operating at full capacity” and he continued “Costan, one of the Group’s historic brands, fully embraces the Epta philosophy, by combining innovation, excellence and growth with environmental sustainability and the development of the local community. We would like to thank all of our workforce for their support and active commitment through which they have contributed to Epta becoming one of the leading 300 companies in terms of size in Mediobanca’s league table of Italian industrial and service companies.”

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Epta is at the Eurovent Summit 2016, the most important European congress for decision-makers operating in Indoor climate control (HVAC) and food industry cold chain cooling Processes and Technologies, organised in Krakow by the Eurovent Association, Eurovent Certita Certification and Eurovent Market Intelligence. In keeping with its claim “Beyond HVACR” the event is a unique meeting platform for more than 300 top players from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, with more than 40 meetings, seminars and events.

The main feature of the event is the Eurovent Innovation/Hub, where William Pagani, Epta’s Group Marketing Director, delivered the opening speech on the subject: “The future of commercial refrigeration”. His keynote address was followed by more speeches from other personalities from the HVACR industry, who illustrated the sector’s growth prospects in an original and evocative setting, the former Stara Zajezdnia tram depot.


William Pagani, Group Marketing Director commented: “The Eurovent Innovation/Hub was an opportunity for examining in depth the trends and technologies that are contributing to the evolution of refrigeration. The market is increasingly opening towards integration with other sectors, by adopting a comprehensive approach that combines investment in R&D – for example, with the aim of responding to the regulations on the reduction of F-Gas and promoting the transition of stores to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB)while maintaining a watchful eye on the IT world in order to understand the challenges that have been set by the ongoing IT revolution.

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