Epta, the future of work is hybrid


The world of work is continuously evolving: in 2019, Epta had already launched a first pilot phase of its hybrid working project Smart W-in, subsequently extended to all the Italian offices of the Group. A cultural evolution which transcends the change of physical workspace, producing a relevant impact on the organisational model and layout of the offices.  

The next step taken by Epta in Italy was to re-design the headquarters to make the work structure even more flexible. It is an initiative aimed at enhancing the employee experience and fulfilling the business imperative of reducing carbon footprint.  

In addition to ensuring employees a better balance between private and working life, the digital innovations and the re-layout of the spaces contribute to increasing engagement, improving, at the same time, the productivity and emotional wellness of Epta People.  

The modernising project, realised with the advice of the Studio Workitect, required integrated governance between the numerous players involved and an internal team of ambassadors who sponsored the programme. The goal was to raise the awareness of colleagues, stimulating a reflection on the theme of change management related to hybrid work.  

Following feasibility studies, analyses, and surveys to gather the needs of the employees, Epta envisaged the adoption of a hybrid model which currently contemplates up to two working days per week off-site. The spaces of the Headquarters have also been redefined to be more functional and stimulating. The physical dimension of the office becomes one of the keys to strengthen the sense of belonging, spread the values of the business culture and encourage moments of meeting and exchange, in total safety, vital for the creative process.  

The results gathered over the coming months will be useful to implement the initiative and assess how to extend this pilot model to the entire Epta world.  


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Epta invests in Portugal with the acquisition of Eurocold, a company specialising in engineering, installation and maintenance services in the area of commercial and industrial refrigeration. Based in Porto, with branches in Lisbon and Portimão, it is a key player thanks to its consolidated partnerships with the main Retailer brands. Moreover, it also operates in Morocco and the Azores. 

Massimo Marcer, Epta International General Manager, states: “Portugal takes on a strategic importance for Epta due to the high domestic demand for green technologies. The Group will now be able to fulfil such need through sustainable, turn-key projects. This operation will allow us to increase our market presence in Portugal, where Costan and Bonnet Névé brands already boast great notoriety.” He adds: “We are proud to welcome Eurocold team. Together we will give rise to a virtuous, synergetic partnership and foster the evolution of a dynamic market which is increasingly heading towards natural refrigerants and energy-saving solutions.” 

Eurocold distinguishes itself for its technological DNA. This is an element of great added value, which comes in the form of technical assistance services to guarantee Total Customer Satisfaction. The company, in line with the Epta strategy, positions itself in the market as partner of reference in every phase of the project: from consulting to pre-sales, to the selection of the best suited and complete refrigeration solution according to the Client’s needs, up to the installation and after-sales assistance.  

José Teixeira, majority shareholder of Eurocold, declares that “Having aimed at innovative technologies with a low environmental impact and the related success achieved by Eurocold to date with primary national and international Retailer brands are the determining factors that have made our excellence of interest to Epta.” He continues, “Our structure and organisation, together with specific know-how are an important opportunity of growth for the Group.”  

The closing shall be valid from 9th December 2021. 

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L’UNEP riconosce l’approccio sostenibile delle tecnologie transcritiche FTE 2.0 ed ETE firmate EptaTechnica


Le soluzioni EptaTechnica FTE 2.0 ed ETE sono tra i protagonisti della Sustainable Cold Chain Virtual Exhibition organizzata dall’Ozone Secretariat e dall’OzonAction, parte del Programma delle Nazioni Unite per l’ambiente (UNEP).

L’iniziativa nasce per presentare le soluzioni più innovative e sostenibili del settore della catena del freddo e sottolineare come una corretta cold chain sia fondamentale per garantire food safety e food security, ridurre gli sprechi alimentari, mitigare il riscaldamento globale e proteggere lo strato di ozono. La manifestazione digitale è stata inaugurata in occasione della Giornata Mondiale dell’Ozono e promossa nel corso dell’UN Food System Summit e della trentatreesima Conferenza delle Parti del Protocollo di Montreal.

All’interno della categoria “Supermarkets: wholesale markets & Retailers” spiccano le soluzioni firmate EptaTechnica, brand specializzato nelle soluzioni di refrigerazione tecniche. Le tecnologie FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency 2.0 ed ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency, industrializzate nell’ambito del progetto Life-C4R di Epta co-finanziato dall’UE, sono progettate per garantire massima affidabilità a tutte le latitudini e temperature, anche oltre i 40° C, con un risparmio energetico di almeno il 10% rispetto a un sistema a CO2 tradizionale. Fondate sul principio della sustainable innovation, FTE 2.0 ed ETE assicurano una carbon footprint ridotta lungo l’intera catena del valore, in conformità con gli standard Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP).

Lo stand virtuale di Epta presso la Sustainable Cold Chain Virtual Exhibition è visitabile al seguente link: https://ozone.unep.org/coldchainexhibition/exhibition-detail-027.html

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Epta Health Challenge: virtuous competitions for a healthier lifestyle


Epta launches Health Challenge, the initiative that promotes a healthier lifestyle among its employees. An integral part of business welfare, Epta Health Challenge encourages challenges among colleagues in sport and good living. Through strategies of gamification, it strengthens the culture of well-being inside the organisation, involving all Epta People of the Italian branches in a series of activities to increase cohesion and improve health.

Through the Healthy Virtuoso app, participants can invite colleagues to one-to-one races and take part in those activated by Epta, also in teams, to win the prizes on offer together. The winners are those who do more steps, sleep more and take time to meditate. Credits are obtained for every challenge completed, to climb the general classification.

The idea has already had great success inside the Company; in fact, it is now in its second edition after the success of the first Health Challenge that ended last June.

The engagement is high and the results are considerable in both the improvement of well-being and in the increase in motivation and spirit of the group, even at a distance. Conceived to ensure maximum inclusion, regardless of geographic position, gender, age group and job level, the programme aims at consolidating the sense of community and improving talent retention. The working relationship becomes virtuous and the business benefits in terms of reputation and productivity.

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Marco Nocivelli receives the insignia of Ordine Al Merito del Lavoro (Order of the Merit for Labour) from the President of the Italian Republic


Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta receives the honour of Ordine “Al Merito del Lavoro” (Order of the Merit for Labour) during the ceremony held today at the Quirinale Palace in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the Italian Minister for Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti and the President of the National Federation of Knights of Labour Maurizio Sella.

Marco Nocivelli is among the 50 businessmen appointed Cavalieri del Lavoro (Knights of Labour) by the Italian Head of State in 2020 and 2021. These are leading figures who have distinguished themselves in the sectors of agriculture, industry, trade, craftsmanship and credit and insurance activities. The requirements necessary to receive the award are to have operated in your sector continuously for at least twenty years in a leadership role and to have significantly contributed, through the business activity, to social and economic development.

Marco Nocivelli President and CEO of Epta declares,I am honoured to be part of the Cavalieri del Lavoro (Knights of Labour). Businessmen who are called to be a positive model, to generate shared value, create work, encourage economic growth, innovation and ecological transition. I dedicate this title to my wife and family, to all the people of the Epta Group and of Federazione Anima who have supported me in all these years, contributing to my personal and professional growth.”

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Epta promotes sustainable innovation @Refrigera 2021


Technological expertise and a 360° service: Epta promotes The Epta System concept at Refrigera, a vision that considers sustainable innovation as a system. EptaService, EptaTechnica and the new Misa solutions are a tangible sign of this cultural evolution, on show at the second edition of the Italian event dedicated to the sector of industrial, commercial and logistics refrigeration scheduled from 3 to 5 November 2021, at Bologna Fiere (Pav 30 – stand C12-D13/D12-D13.) Refrigera 2021 is an important event for Epta in which to share with Clients and Professional Operators its total solution, which merges complete, performing and eco-friendly systems with a vast range of services.

The EptaService novelties, in line with the claim “Great Expertise at your Service” are numerous. These include the services of the Commissioning Team, offered by the team dedicated to the direct supervision of the delicate phase of starting-up the refrigeration systems, such as the predictive maintenance programme, for targeted action planning, starting from the constant assessment of numerous parameters. 

In addition, LineON – the digital solution of advanced connectivity for plug-in is also worthy of note. In the exhibition area, a corner will also be dedicated to E-commerce Spare Parts, the innovative online platform to purchase spare parts.

Further focus of the event will be the launch of the new brand EptaTechnica, specialised in customised technical refrigeration solutions. Simple, ingenious, efficient in any climate: the EptaTechnica brand is the result of the expertise of Epta consolidated with the participation in the LIFE Programme of the European Union with the LifeC4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project. Among the systems by EptaTechnica on show stands out the Eco2Large refrigeration pack with transcritical CO2 with FTE 2.0 and integrated ETE.

In the spotlight of the three-day event in Bologna are also the air condensing units DropInAir-Cooled Misa, for medium and low temperatures. Performing and sustainable, thanks to the use of R290 refrigerant, they are able to satisfy the needs of a market that is increasingly attentive to the environment.

There will also be a rich programme of seminars at stands and conferences, organised by the event, which will have Epta experts as protagonists: These include:

  • 3 November, 11.00-12.30, at Sala Torricelli: Michele Vitali, Epta Group Commercial Services Director, will take part in the round table on “Digitalizzazione per il futuro della catena del freddo” (“Digitalisation for the future of the cold chain”);
  • 4 November, 12.00-13.00, at the ATF Centro Studi Galileo stand: Alvise Case, Epta Technical Documentation Manager, will head an information meeting on the “Soluzioni tecniche per una refrigerazione commerciale ad impatto quasi nullo” (“Technical solutions for almost zero-impact commercial refrigeration”);
  • 4 November, 16.30-16.45, at Sala Carnot: Francesco Mastrapasqua, Institutional Affairs Manager of Epta will hold a conference entitled “La refrigerazione commerciale verso la neutralità climatica” (“Commercial refrigeration towards climatic neutrality”).
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Epta wins the Green SMART Label of Host 2021 with Visualis by Eurocryor


New edition of Smart Label, new award for Epta: this year, the traditional refrigerated cabinet Eurocryor Visualis for meat with Adaptive System technology receives the Green SMART Label. The competition promoted by Host – Fiera Milano in association with POLI.design and sponsored by ADI, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, awards the more disruptive products and the companies at the forefront of the Ho.Re.Ca. sector in three different categories: SMART Label, Innovation SMART Label and Green SMART Label. Keywords for the award of the labels are innovation, digitalisation and reduction of environmental impact to seize future trends in the hospitality industry.

Visualis by Eurocryor equipped with Adaptive System is the perfect example of Epta’s orientation towards sustainable innovation. Awarded also with the Janus de l’Industrie in France, it is designed to merge promotion of the products, maximum comfort of operators and reduced consumption. The furnishing, whose design and model are registered, comes from the desire to guarantee operators a correct posture, bending to a maximum of 45° over the cabinet. Further key factors of Visualis are the raised display deck, the tilted ergonomic support surface, the sliding worktop and the glass closing panel of the internal section of the cabinet. This last device ensures numerous advantages, including excellent preservation of the articles and a 10% energy saving compared to standard models, which puts Visualis among the best serve-over solutions under the new Energy Labelling regulation.

Finally the performance of the cabinet is optimised thanks to the Adaptive System. This refrigeration management system regulates the operating parameters of the cabinet, with continuous adaptation to the ambient variations to ensure constant temperature and humidity. Adaptive System is particularly useful for refrigerated cabinets dedicated to the preservation of foods subject to a natural loss of moisture and therefore weight, such as meat, ensuring proven advantages. Compared to a traditional on/off system, it guarantees +3% of average humidity on the product, with consequent lengthening of shelf life, an increase of +1.5° C of the average evaporation temperature and a reduction of 9% of energy consumption. 

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Epta International celebrates 10 years of success


From its headquarters in the centre of Budapest, Epta International KFT celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Born as Group International Hub, with the mission to develop and consolidate the position of Epta in areas where it is not present with technical commercial branches, it currently serves 60 countries.

The flagship of Epta International is its team, able to operate in four different geographical areas (Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa) merging global perspective and increasingly in-depth knowledge of the regions. Thanks to its consulting power and a turnkey approach, it promotes the solutions of the Group’s brands and accompanies Clients in every phase, from design, to identification of the best solutions based on specific needs, installation and after-sales, for all-round support.

 The main achievements of Epta International include the contribution to the acquisitions of Epta business partners in Poland and Romania, the opening of a new branch in UAE, the local presence of Sales and Project managers in Belgium, Serbia and Portugal, the growing technical and After-Sales organisation in Hungary, able to cover a wide region thanks to synergies put in place with DAAS - Epta Romania, that allows the Group to be even closer to its Clients, in an area of high potential such as, Central and Eastern Europe.

Massimo Marcer, General Manager Epta International declares “This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the passion and commitment of the Epta International team, like the many joint achievements. A team effort based on sharing the same principles and on the ability to share our expertise. These first 10 years, have allowed us to establish ourselves as point of reference for the players of Large Scale Distribution, of the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food & Beverage sector in 60 nations. Our goal for the future is to consolidate further in the areas where we are present and expand our business in new regions, contributing to spread solutions able to merge aesthetics, eco-design, performance and green spirit, thanks to the choice of natural refrigerants.

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Una nuova iniziativa che conferma l’impegno di Epta a favore dell'adozione e promozione di un modello fondato su innovazione e responsabilità etica: il Gruppo aderisce a Smart & Value, progetto di formazione e ricerca sulla sostenibilità dello smart working. Il piano è stato avviato dalla multinazionale Stantec insieme al Sustainability & Circular Economy Lab (partnership tra il Dipartimento di Management dell’Università di Bologna e Manageritalia Emilia Romagna) e alla start up Dilium, con il supporto di 11 aziende italiane afferenti a settori distinti.

Obiettivo del programma è definire, a partire dalla valutazione puntuale di parametri oggettivi, l’impatto positivo del lavoro agile in relazione alle tre dimensioni della sostenibilità. Lo studio, strutturato in due fasi, avrà la durata di circa un anno. Il primo step è suddiviso in due sotto sezioni e vedrà il coinvolgimento dei circa 300 dipendenti delle realtà partner. In primis, è previsto un percorso di formazione dedicato sia all’approfondimento dei fattori digitali e organizzativi e alle implicazioni psico-sociali del lavoro flessibile, sia al training per un corretto utilizzo del software di raccolta dati. Attraverso l’applicativo Smafely, tutti i lavoratori coinvolti pianificheranno, per sei mesi, il loro calendario e le attività di smart working, indicando, ad esempio, i percorsi e i mezzi utilizzati per gli spostamenti casa-ufficio e i luoghi da cui lavorano da remoto.

Il secondo step, che si concluderà a marzo 2022, prevede un’indagine qualitativa e quantitativa condotta da un pool di ricercatori dell’Università di Bologna che permetterà di definire i reali benefici dello smart working a favore delle persone, dell’ambiente e del business. I risultati di parametri quali emissioni inquinanti, tempo, distanze coperte e costi si attesteranno quale reale supporto alle politiche di sostenibilità, welfare aziendale e rendicontazione non finanziaria.


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Epta celebrates the recovery of the Ho.Re.Ca. sector at Host 2021: Your #futurevolution. The Epta System


Epta is among the protagonists of the 42nd edition of Host exhibition to celebrate the recovery of the Ho.Re.Ca. world (Pavilion 2P Stand A12 C11). The fil rouge of Epta’s presentation is “Your #futurevolution. The Epta System”, that expresses the Group’s approach at the service of the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food & Beverage clients.

At Host, the Group presents “The specialists for your specialities”, the solutions of the specialised brands Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp to respond to the needs of commercial establishments in line with the most important trends of the sector such as design and digital innovation. At the centre of the stand is the Eurocryor brand, which offers shops such as patisseries, butcher’s and artisan workshops solutions in “Pure Italian Style”, completely personalised in the aesthetics, shapes, colours and materials, able to enhance the personality of every store. With Eurocryor, in addition to the enhancement of exposure, the ongoing search for excellence expresses itself in the study of the unique technologies, which contribute to improving the preservation of each type of product. Particularly worthy of note is the winning solution of the prestigious Host Green SMART Label: Visualis for meat, equipped with special Adaptive System.

At the stand, guests can also discover Mastery in coldroom by Misa in the design, production and installation of coldrooms for storage at positive, negative and double temperature, ideal, for example, for realising large kitchens. Synonymous with flexibility and functionality, thanks to the speed of assembly, to the numerous configurations, accessories and personalisations, Misa systems are a concentrate of technologies including Epta Food Defence. Applied directly to the sheet metal, it improves the food safety of the products, for a total and permanent antibacterial and antimicrobial action throughout the useful life of the coldroom.

The Iarp branded solutions also stand out, in particular the new scooping Delight models of Iarp Cool Emotions range. Moreover, Host will be the opportunity to discover the new range Coldistrict of Iarp vending machines for cold beverages, snacks and ice cream. The event will be the occasion to present the innovative digital technology VIPay, here applied to the vertical Glee 45 for packaged ice cream, which transforms the furniture into a smart vending solution, with payment by smartphone or credit card.

Finally, Epta will present the LineON technology by EptaService to offer Ho.re.Ca. and Food&Bev Clients a truly comprehensive solution and have precise feedback from remote on the performance of the cabinets and on the habits and preferences of the consumers.



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