Epta France at NatExpo for tomorrow’s bio: new concepts to promote organic food


Epta France is participating in NATEXPO, a meeting for all professionals of the bio sector, from 20 to 22 October at the Nord Villepinte exhibition centre of Paris, with the Costan, Bonnet Névé and Eurocryor brands (Stand G-140). The 2019 edition of the only French B2B trade fair dedicated to the bio sector is already showing signs of being a record-breaker, with the participation of more than 1,000 exhibitors representing 20 countries and more than 15,000 visitors expected. This reflects the vitality of the sector, which is already experiencing unprecedented growth in France, where purchases of bio food products reached €9.7 billion in 2018, +15% compared to 2017.

NATEXPO is an opportunity for Epta France, the only producer of commercial refrigeration solutions in the Hexagon, to present the selection of cabinets branded Costan and Bonnet Névé dedicated to bio products and natural products. The vertical Tango Bio/MultiFresh Bio and Valzer Bio/MultiFreeze Bio are technological eco-friendly solutions that become an excellent promotional tool inside stores selling bio-food, organic and vegan food. Characterised by elegant and compact design and all glass doors, they amaze for the prestigious wood-like finishes of the exteriors and the black colour of the interiors, designed to perfectly adapt to the layout and to the typical style of these stores. Furthermore, thanks to the choice of R290 propane as natural refrigerant, these cabinets merge performance and environmental sustainability.

Tango Bio/MultiFresh Bio and Valzer Bio/MultiFreeze Bio are ideal to complete the SlimFit Costan and MultiCity Bonnet Névé. The range is composed of a large selection of compact vertical and semi-vertical counters, for fresh and frozen products, which merge the aesthetics of remote solutions, with the flexibility of cabinets with an incorporated condensing unit, to stylishly furnish the entire self-service area from small stores, mini markets and convenience stores, to bio corners in supermarkets and hypermarkets.

 Season, the special set-up of GranVista Next Costan and SkyView Plus Bonnet Névé of the GranFit and SkyEffect ranges, will also be presented. It is a unique merchandising solution, designed to guarantee a spectacular presentation. GranVista Season and SkyView Season, come, for example, in the Value version to position fruit and vegetables in crates and in the Advance version, to make the first fruits stand out on half-moon shaped shelves.

Worthy of note at the stand is also CrossOver Scene of Eurocryor, a combined cabinet that associates a self-service area for pre­-packed products with a classic serve-over unit for assisted sale, ideal for small sales areas or to create themed corners with a view to cross-merchandising.

Finally, to respond effectively to the requests of a market that is increasingly directed at omnichannel retail, Epta offers #EPTABricks, innovative refrigerated lockers connected to the web that provide consumers with a 24-hour collection point for fresh, frozen and dry products purchased on the websites of Supermarket chains. A sustainable solution that contributes to reducing the carbon footprint, with the elimination of home deliveries and the use of R290, which boasts a low GWP.

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Epta Iberia Silver Sponsor of Tecnofrío 2019


Epta Iberia will be Silver Sponsor of this year’s Tecnofrío, a conference that promotes itself as a moment of fundamental exchange between operators of the refrigeration sector, to analyse the current situation and to plot the development of the sector. Organised by the Comunidad de Madrid in association with ATECYR (Asociación Española de Climatización y Refrigeración) and with the Fundación de la Energía de la Comunidad de Madrid, this conference dedicated to refrigeration technology will be held on 16 and 17 October.  

The conference will be an opportunity to exchange ideas on different topics, like the measures in force within the European Community, including the F-Gas and the most recently introduced regulations. The scheduled discussions include the round table that will see the participation of Diego Ortega, Trade Marketing Manager of Epta Iberia, dedicated to IEC 60335-2-89: 2019. This new standard allows to adopt increased capacity limits, up to 500g for A3 (inflammable) refrigerants and up to 1,200g for A2 and A2L (low flammability) refrigerants. For several years, Epta has been promoting the adoption of low GWP natural refrigerants. IEC’s recent approval of new charge limits for A3 and A2L refrigerants represents an opportunity for Epta to evaluate a possible extension of its portfolio of low environmental impact solutions.

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Epta receives the Smart Label once again, a prize presented by Host Fiera Milano and POLI.design to the most innovative products and companies of the Ho.Re.Ca and Retail sector present at the event, scheduled from 18 to 22 October at Rho Fiera Milan.  

An international jury of experts assessed more than 210 applications. As indicated by the Deputy Manager of the Design Intelligence Award committee office Fayun Zhu, the trend to a convergence between Internet and manufacturing industry has emerged. Against the backdrop of the new Industrial Revolution, concentrating on the hospitality segment, characterised by a fusion of technologies, is showing enormous potential.

Glee of the Iarp Cool Emotions family was among the solutions to receive an award: a vertical negative temperature cabinet for frozen products and packaged ice cream, which merges technical performance and cutting-edge design, enriched by IoT (Internet of Things) functionality, to monitor the counter remotely. IoT technology is based on parameter analysis of the plug-in, to gather information on the temperature, geolocalise the counter and manage the alarms. It provides tailor-made reports and interesting data on the sales performance of the counter. Finally, to guarantee maximum reliability and sustainability, Glee is powered by a natural refrigerant R290, avails of an energy saving controller and a system that assures predictive diagnostics and timely maintenance, in favour of the highest energy and operating efficiency. Due to its elevated innovation content, this special version of Glee has been recognised by Host Fiera Milano and POLI.design as a product able to determine a significant development in the refrigeration sector.

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Marco Nocivelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Epta Group receives Le Grandi Guglie della Grande Milano” Prize of Centro Studi Grande Milano, in the presence of Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region and Gianmario Verona, Rector of Bocconi University. During the evening of 18 September, Gian Domenico Auricchio, Chief Executive Officer of Auricchio S.p.A. and Riccardo Chini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calvi Holding S.p.A. also received prizes and Alfredo Ambrosetti will be awarded the “Grandi Guglie alla Carriera”.

The prize is given to personalities from all walks of life, who have distinguished themselves for their commitment to the promotion of the economic, scientific, social and cultural fabric of the metropolitan area of Milan. Marco Nocivelli received it “for his extraordinary entrepreneurial career geared to values of internationalisation, innovation and sustainability, which has led him to the prestigious role of President Anima Confindustria Meccanica and of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Epta Group, known worldwide”.

The prize is a sign and synthesis of the founding values of the hardworking city of Milan, as witnessed by the same materials chosen for its construction: a solid wood base, which represents roots and tradition, connecting to an aluminium support, an expression of modernity and technology, from which transparent spires project upwards and to the future.

Marco Nocivelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Epta Group states, “I am very proud to receive this prestigious award, which comes with a great responsibility. My father, founder of the Epta Group, taught me that it is an entrepreneur’s duty to commit himself to being a virtuous example for society. Supporting projects based on ethical principles, such as initiatives in favour of the environment, cultural heritage, education and attention to the workers and local communities should be considered a day-to-day practice.” He concludes, “A “lifestyle” to adopt without reservations, with the goal of honouring how much we have received from life and giving the territory back resources and value.”

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Epta SpA announces the acquisition of Sofrico, New Caledonia's market leader in design, sales, service & contracting of systems, cabinets and coldrooms for commercial and industrial refrigeration. With this move, the Group is further expanding its operations in the Asia Pacific Region, where it already has a presence with manufacturing plants, sales branches, service centers and distributors in China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia.

The deal is in line with Epta's internationalisation strategy, which aims to strengthen its global presence with direct coverage in areas of high potential. New Caledonia, a dependent overseas territory of France, is a region where the refrigeration sector is particularly developed. The main French Retailers support the demand for turn-key projects, high quality and technologically advanced systems, with low environmental impact, favoring natural refrigerants.

Gennaro Gentile, General Manager of Epta Asia Pacific: “We are proud to welcome Sofrico to our Group. It confirms our desire to continue to strengthen our market share in strategic areas with high growth potential. This acquisition will make it possible to deliver to the Pacific Region the latest technology in Refrigeration and know-how in the use of natural refrigerants such as CO2. We are expanding our Group's ability to better serve our customers and we are contributing to the growth of natural refrigeration systems in Asia & Pacific."

Jérôme Lajouanie, Engineering Director of Sofrico: “We are excited to join the Epta family. The combined strength of Epta portfolio and Sofrico engineering expertise will boost CO2 technology expansion in Polynesia, Vanuatu, Fiji islands, Samoas and the wide Pacific Region. Our presence and turn key approach can increase reliability of the refrigeration systems and consolidate long term partnership with our clients”.

The agreement was finalized and become effective as of 30th August 2019.

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#EptaExperience is the way... to Fine Food Australia!


Epta Asia Pacific will star in the 35th edition of Fine Food Australia, the annual show that celebrates the food industry, from 9 to 12 September in Sydney (Stand HT40). With more than 1,000 exhibitors and 23,000 visiting professionals every year, the event is the most important Australian meeting between experts of the food world: a launch pad for the products and the exchange of ideas and innovative techniques.

“#EptaExperience is the way” is the leitmotive behind the participation of Epta Asia Pacific in Fine Food Australia, which confirms the Group’s ability to merge cutting-edge technology, professionalism and reliability in favour of excellence, to position itself on the market as a trusted partner and contribute to the success of the Clients in the Retail, Ho.Re.Ca., and Food & Beverage market.   

Inside the stand, it will be possible to admire the Iarp Cool Emotions, a complete range of plug-ins ideal for every context of the hospitality segment, from bars, to ice cream parlours to pastry shops and restaurants. Featuring the right mix of innovation and design, the Iarp Cool Emotions cabinets are designed to create establishments of coordinated aesthetics, thanks to the numerous display solutions that stand out for high-tech shapes and LED lighting on the cabinet exteriors. The solutions on show include Passion, the new well for ice cream and frozen products that amazes for a larger sized Total Display Area and large glazing. The elevated transparency, guaranteed by the cover with soft closing system and panoramic ends, gives a sensation of illumination, whilst promoting maximum product visibility. Worthy of note is the dual temperature top Amaze, a perfect solution for both beverages and frozen products, also available with side glasses. It can be positioned above Passion to create a combined cabinet able to further boost the display ratio.

The stand is completed by Glide and Melo both branded Bonnet Névé, specifically designed for the retail market in Oceania. Glide is a negative temperature well, featuring panoramic glass surfaces, also equipped with the soft closing system. In addition, the combination of original shapes and ergonomics has given birth to Melo the serve-over of Bonnet Névé. Thanks to the numerous versions that can be matched with each other, it is possible to furnish fresh and ultra-fresh departments of every kind of store, from independents, to convenience stores, to hypermarkets. To conclude, the needs of the client and staff is ensured thanks to the positioning of the display level and of contents at the “right height”, to improve interaction with the consumer and facilitate greater product rotation.

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Epta Deutschland is one of the 676 companies classified as “Deutschlands beste Jobs mit Zukunft”


The business magazine Focus Money, the Deutschland Test and the Institut für Management- und Wirtschaftsforschung (IMWF) have named Epta Deutschland among the 676 German companies that set themselves apart for the stability of the employment offered.  


The study entitled “The best jobs of Germany in the future” analysed the financial data of German companies with over 250 employees from 2013 to 2017, for an approximate total of 12,000. To be considered “a future-proof company” three criteria had to be met: the same number of employees or in continuous growth compared to previous years, a turnover higher than the relative moving average and a positive EBIT.  


Epta Deutschland fully satisfies these requirements and the recognition received bears witness to its economic stability and secure employment over time. One of the principal reasons behind this solidity is the centrality which the refrigeration sector covers and will continue to cover in the future. The ongoing investments of Epta in innovation contribute to strengthening its competitiveness on the market. Finally, Epta Deutschland, as part of Epta, benefits from the global growth of the Group, ensuring its employees the advantages of belonging to an international company and the working atmosphere typical of medium-sized companies.

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Show your emotions with Epta ice-cream solutions: Epta and Sammontana at Host 2019


Epta in association with Sammontana – long-standing brand synonymous with “Italian ice cream” – invites you to the 41st edition of Host to discover the infinite solutions to display and store all manner of ice creams, branded Iarp and Misa (Pav. 6, Stand A18 C19). One of the key fairs dedicated to catering and hospitality, and reference point for professionals in this field, Host opens its doors from 18 to 22 October 2019. It is an opportunity for networking among professional players and exploring the latest innovations of this sector in terms of equipment, raw materials, machines and semi-finished products.

“Show your emotions with Epta ice-cream solutions: each type of ice cream corresponds to an emotion and each Emotion finds a new display solution inside its dedicated Iarp cabinet and storage solution in the Misa cold rooms for sweet creations.

Iarp’s ability to design exclusive solutions enhances all varieties of ice cream creating the synergy with an outstanding partner like Sammontana. A successful collaboration with its greatest expression found in the corner of the stand, where Iarp has known how to capture and project the strong points of the brand. Connecting a unique experience with Customers through display solutions conceived to recall memories, perfumes, sounds and desires. Thanks to a combination of style, functionality and maximum personalization, the Iarp cabinets are ideal to present the vast range of Sammontana ice cream.

In addition, within the stand, the guests can discover the most recent additions to the Cool Emotions of Iarp, a complete range of plug-ins with high tech shapes and LED lighting on the exterior profiles creating a family of coordinated aesthetics.

The Misa KLA mini cold rooms for storage at a chilled and frozen temperature, and the double temperature cold room with internal partition wall and threshold that is flush with the floor, complete the stand. A concentration of convenience, flexibility and functionality is based on the combination of different factors: infinite configurations, of a structural and aesthetic nature, thanks to a vast range of finishes available for the panels. In addition, the sliding doors, the presence of all the accessories dedicated to the HoReCa world and the simplicity of assembly, guarantee optimisation of the spaces and fast installation in any environment.

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Epta wins the Industrial Excellence Award (IEA) an initiative, which, since 1995, has been a benchmark for the Management of Quality and for the competitiveness of European businesses operating in the industrial and service sectors. The award was set up to enhance businesses, which, better than others, are able to translate strategic choices into tangible and successful actions, establishing themselves as the benchmark in their sector. Several best practices have been explored over the years: from Lean Management, to collaboration in the Supply Chain & Integration, to Operational Excellence, to Digital Business Strategy, which has been the focus of the 2019 edition.

The international jury composed of teachers of Operations Management from the SDA Bocconi School of Management, selected the winners and finalists. The national winner will take part in the European event and compete in the Industrial Excellence Award Europe.

Epta participated with the Business Unit of Limana that stood out for the heavy investments in technological innovation and attention to the environment, and for training activities. The Group is committed to the continuous improvement of its production sites and the one in Limana is tangible evidence of this. In favour of reducing the environmental impact, Epta has realised cogeneration and photovoltaic plants and brought improvements to reduce the KOE (Kilograms of Oil Equivalent) /product.

Epta also promotes integration between digital technologies and automated lines through the adoption of 4.0 intelligent and cyber-physical solutions that they put into machine communication, storage systems and business processes, guaranteeing optimisation of production processes and improved data management to offer increasingly intelligent and hyper-connected products.

The jury particularly appreciated the creation of the glass factory plant, realised thanks to a strategic plan worth close to 10 million Euro which has allowed the Group to equip itself with new technologies and expertise, generating 100 new jobs in the Belluno area.

Innovation is also in projects that increase the knowledge of its collaborators and the of young people on in the territory community, such as EPTAcademy developed with SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Veneto Region Dolomites HUB that Luiss Business School Hub and Dolomiti Confindustria is creating with the contribution of Epta and other local realities establishments.

Two other initiatives are also worthy of note: #24EptaTraining, the new learning path dedicated to all Epta Italia employees, to enhance their expertise in the technical, digital, linguistic, information technology and behavioural area. This is alongside the School of Operation: targeted at the employees of the Operations area, it is designed to be extended to employees of other departments, who can benefit from these lessons. The School of Operations is part of a wider project that includes the creation of “Schools” related to different business departments of Epta Italia with the goal of strengthening the expertise related to their specific sectors.

Finally, Epta supports the FabLab Belluno association, confirming its desire to continue to invest in the new generations and in their abilities, making the most of talents and promoting the digital culture, to encourage the development of the territory area.

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The Epta Group is among the stars of the 25th International Congress of Refrigeration IIR, which will take place in the exceptional setting of Montreal, the city where the historical protocol was signed in 1987 that has contributed to determining the central environmental policies worldwide.

The event is organised every four years and brings together industrial realities, scientific communities and international researchers, to discuss and exchange ideas on the more recent technological developments and product innovations in refrigeration, air conditioning and sustainable construction.

"Refrigeration for wellness and future prosperity": this is the guiding thread of the ICR  Congress 2019, which proposes to focus on several of the “hottest” themes of recent years, namely energy saving and efficiency, food supply and wellbeing, reduction in global warming and protection of the ozone layer.

Maurizio Orlandi, IC Manager, Stefano Trabucchi and Rosmery Serrao Mendes, IC Engineer in Epta, will take part in the event where the Group, Silver Sponsor of the event, will promote the project Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration, funded by the European Union in accordance with grant agreement n° LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120.

The goal of this initiative is to define a new standard for natural refrigeration in Retail, thanks to the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency technology, showing that it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC with CO2 transcritical, in any climate or market condition.

Participation in ICR2019 is an important opportunity for Epta to show world famous experts, including many European representatives, the key features of the C4R project. The plan, which covers the 2018-2021 period, involves two pilot installations in Italy and replicas in Romania, Spain and in the rest of the EU, with the goal of validating the theoretical data relating to the performance of the FTE. For further information, visit the website www.carbon4retail.eu

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