The Costan, Eurocryor and Misa brands of the Epta Group will feature in the eagerly-awaited fifth season of MasterChef Italia, starting on Thursday 17 December on SkyUno HD. There is lots of news, beginning with the debut of a new judge, the renowned Antonino Cannavacciuolo, who will join the long-standing trio consisting of the award-winning chefs Carlo Cracco and Bruno Barbieri and the celebrated restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who have once again been called to establish who the new Italian talent to conquer the coveted title of Italian MasterChef will be.

After the success of the previous editions, MasterChef Italia has renewed its collaboration with Epta and has chosen the Costan, Eurocryor and Misa brands for the refrigeration equipment in the “temple of cuisine”. A partnership combining innovation and quality, which is completely in harmony with Epta’s concept The Epta Way UP: preserving food value, which uses technologically advanced solutions to ensure the perfect presentation and the utmost safety of food, while promoting its value.

The impeccable freshness of the ingredients available to the competitors is guaranteed by Misa coldrooms, equipped with the innovative Epta Food Defence antibacterial system which uses silver ions. A perfect blend of style and technology, Eurocryor solutions contribute towards perfectly preserving the organoleptic and aesthetic characteristics of the food in Italy’s most famous “pantry”, and their attractive design helps to create a striking set and highlight the quality of the delicate products displayed. Finally, perfect visibility and impeccable presentation are guaranteed by Costan refrigerated displays, which perform a vital role in helping the feisty contestants to identify as quickly as possible all the ingredients necessary to produce the gastronomic masterpieces they must make for both the Invention Test and the dreaded final Pressure Test when they will have only a few seconds to choose their ingredients.

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A large stream of visitors attended Host 2015, the five-day event that confirmed Milan as the capital of hospitality. With 150,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors from 47 countries, the event established itself as one of the world’s most important exhibitions devoted to all players in the HoReCa sector. Within Host’s new area specifically for refrigeration, expanded to over 4,000 m2, the three brands of Epta previewed their innovative solutions in three exclusive dedicated Foodcities: Eurocryor, the city of ideal presentation, Misa, the city of perfect preservation, and Iarp, the city of successful merchandising.

Among the numerous international visitors who flocked to the Epta stand, a system that attracted great interest was Epta Food Defence, the new silver ion antibacterial system, available for all Misa coldrooms. Designed to improve the food safety of products stored in coldrooms, Epta Food Defence is able to prevent, combat and eliminate numerous species of bacteria, including the most prevalent and dangerous ones.

In addition, the RawFood Corner bearing the Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp signatures perfectly matched the new trends that emerged at Host, which see an ever-growing demand for highly customizable, multifunctional solutions. This highly accessorized mini-kitchen was designed to offer intriguing show cooking in restaurants, cafés, hotels and retail locations to entertain customers throughout the day. A winning solution, as confirmed by the numbers recorded in the Epta stand at Host: Chef Lorena Loriato performed twice a day, preparing and talking about tasty raw recipes before a fascinated public and serving up over 500 raw dishes for sampling.

Guests’ attention was also captured by the innovative technology for super-creamy gelato launched by Eurocryor and the Realook plug-in of Iarp. The details: Eurocryor presented an exclusive international system (design pending and Italian patent pending) to create an ice cream display case with gelato pans which guarantees better product preservation while also allowing customers to see the broad assortment of flavours offered through small refrigerated displays in the front of the case. Finally, Iarp’s Realook impresses customers with its attractive design and high interactivity thanks to its audio system and 47” full HD transparent screen. Integrated into the glass door, it is activated by proximity sensors to channel promotional content and actively involve the customer in an unprecedented experience.

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Bonnet Névé participated in the twenty-first Conference of Parties on climate change organized by the UN from 30 November to 12 December at the Parc des Expositions in Le Bourget (Paris). The company presented SkyView / Granvista, the chilled vertical cabinet combining design and respect for the environment.

The aim of the summit is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of mediation on the part of the United Nations, a binding and universal agreement on climate that is accepted by all countries. The great expectations these 13 days of debate resulted in a programme to reduce CO2 emissions by limiting the increase in global temperature to a maximum of 2° Centigrade by 2020. COP21 is one of the largest international conferences, with approximately 50,000 participants, including 25,000 delegates from 195 countries, in addition to international organizations and NGOs, UN Agencies and representatives of civil society and industry.

Specifically, Christian Le Gousse, General Manager of Epta France was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and by the Institut Français du Design (IFD) to take part in the debate organized within the Gallery of Solutions on 4 December, with a speech on “Products and services for a better life”. The round table was an opportunity to illustrate the strong points of SkyView / Granvista, the chilled vertical cabinet that won the prestigious Janus de l’Industrie in 2014 with a special mention for its eco-design, as an example of a concrete solution for reducing environmental impact within the sphere of commercial refrigeration.

Christian Le Gousse, General Manager of Epta France, interviewed by Marie Sargueil, President of IFD, comments: “We believe that growth is intrinsically connected to innovation. SkyView / Granvista is a symbol of our commitment to creating and manufacturing systems that are able to combine style, features, ergonomics and durability. The solution is the perfect response to the principle of eco-design, the heart of the project: with SkyView / Granvista, we have actually managed to reduce water consumption in the production phase by 60%, and we have achieved energy savings of 57% compared to previous models of open refrigerator cabinets with night curtains.” He continues: “The new challenge we are facing is investing in green refrigerants such as CO2 and propane, to ensure sustainable development that is in line with the founding principles of COP21.”

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Conad confirms its confidence in Costan and Eurocryor for its new Sapori & Dintorni sales outlet in Parma, measuring around 1000 m2: a charming location inside the premises of a former covered market. The project is an important one and marks Conad’s contribution to the revitalization of an area located in the city’s heart, renewing the concept of the neighbourhood store. Parma’s new Sapori & Dintorni flanks innovative services, which also include a quick service restaurant, with the area’s rich offering of DOC, PDO and PGI certified traditional specialities produced by small and medium sized local companies. The goal is to satisfy the demands of the growing numbers of consumers in search of high-quality, tasty foods.

With this in mind, Epta proposed to Conad an array of Costan and Eurocryor brand solutions that complement the outstanding qualities of the Emilia region’s agri-food heritage and promote respect for the environment. One particularity of the installation is the innovative EptaBlue Waterloop, an ideal system for sales outlets like this store in Piazza Ghiaia, in the city’s centre, where the available space is extremely limited. It is a solution that, connected to all the refrigeration units like freezers and display cabinets, transforms them from remote cooled to plug-ins by exploiting a closed water circuit. The result is extreme efficiency and sustainability for this installation which uses water as a green refrigerant, thereby slashing emissions.

In addition, the layout conceived by Costan promotes both fresh and frozen products to the maximum thanks to the Rossini serve-over, chosen in the Ultra version for displaying meats and in the SV version for charcuterie, milk products and cheeses, and to ElephantUP, a horizontal freezer that is ideal for ensuring superior visibility and easy access to the displayed products.

Finally, Eurocryor adds a touch of elegance to sustainability with its Panorama and Twin Midi solutions Featuring a minimal, modern design characterized by straight lines and hints of transparencies, these horizontal display cases become elements of an architectural composition able to give a sophisticated lightness to the complexity of the whole, for a high-impact effect in the Pastry & Bakery and Gastronomy area.

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In line with its social responsibility policy and commitment to environmental protection, also confirmed within its Third Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Epta takes its place alongside FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano - to become one of the foundation’s Corporate Golden Donors.

With this initiative Epta makes a firm contribution to safeguarding Italy’s heritage. Thanks to the support of its many members, both private citizens and companies, for 40 years now FAI has been protecting and managing 50 cultural assets: important historic settlements and artistic and scenic treasures, rescued from neglect and restored and opened to the public to make Italy a more beautiful place to live, work and raise children.

Epta Chief Executive Marco Nocivelli commented: “Epta shares FAI’s mission and its ambitious challenge to make accessible to everyone the splendid jewels of our land, a fundamental resource in which to invest in order to make our country flourish again. Promoting public awareness and respect for the environment is an important goal reflecting the social commitment that has always characterized the Group’s brands which actively implement strategies for achieving sustainable progress.” Nocivelli went on to say, “For this reason we are pleased to announce Epta’s entry among FAI’s Corporate Golden Donors, a group of around 350 companies that, day by day, choose to act decisively on behalf of a more beautiful Italy.”

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Epta’s Managing Director, Marco Nocivelli, is the winner in the “Internationalization” category of the 2015 edition of “Di Padre in Figlio – il gusto di fare impresa” (From Father to Son – The Pleasure of Entrepreneurship), a prestigious award devoted to an entrepreneur who has been able to meet the challenge of generational transition by further enhancing the work of his father, Luigi Nocivelli.

The award – promoted by N+1 in collaboration with Borsa Italiana, Banca Albertini SYZ, Deloitte, the international private equity fund H.I.G. Capital and Studio Legale LCA – was announced on Saturday, 28 November at Palazzo Mezzanotte (headquarters of Borsa Italiana) during a ceremony featuring entrepreneurs and many outstanding Italian businesses.

Epta Managing Director Marco Nocivelli declared: “For both the family and the company the Father to Son Award represents an important recognition of our characteristic commitment and determination. It is an accomplishment that acknowledges the growth path we have followed over the years with our eyes on the future, in full respect of the ethical and cultural bases laid by my father, Luigi Nocivelli, who primarily believed in the importance of internationalization and growth, also achieved through external action.” Nocivelli went on to say, I believe in strength through unity: it is very important to feel supported by the family and, in our case in particular, to be able to count on the international experience of carefully chosen managers and the commitment of all our employees, who strive every day to make our company’s story even more unique.”

With Gian Luca Rana, chief executive of Pastificio RANA, overall winner of the 2015 edition of the award, honours also went to nine entrepreneurs who were awarded prizes in the categories “Small Enterprise”, “Made in Italy”, “History and Tradition”, “Young Entrepreneur”, “Opening to Capital”, “Innovation”, “Financial Performance”, “Women in Command” and “Brothers in Command”.

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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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