Strengthening the environment-store-customer relationship: this is the goal behind the restyling of Unicoop in Bagno a Ripoli, an outstanding store just outside the Chianti Fiorentino area.  

The protection of natural resources is a key point of the Unicoop renovation project, and the store relied upon Epta to provide the closed cabinets for its fresh produce and frozen aisles, and chose an innovative EPTA CO2 refrigeration system (positive and negative temperature), which employs carbon dioxide as a natural refrigerant with a very low GWP (Global Warming Potential) of 1, in order to further reduce the carbon footprint.  

The company’s focus on local sourcing is reflected in the wide selection of local and organic products, which are the mainstay of the sections equipped with the Epta Costan and Eurocryor equipment. Specifically, in order to best display the typical products of the Tuscan culinary tradition, we installed Rev UP Family Costan Rossini Design assisted service display cabinets in the Deli Meat & Cheese and Delicatessen areas: with their special configuration of panoramic end walls and straight glass they maximize the visibility of items, and at the same time give customers a close-up view of the products. In addition, the Butcher section features Eurocryor Bistrot, whose exclusive Dynamic System technology guarantees optimal preservation of the products. The products can remain in the counter for several days, without having to be returned to cold rooms for the night, and will preserve their organoleptic and aesthetic characteristics perfectly.

The traditional Rossini Design Costan and Bistrot Eurocryor serve-over counters also play an essential role in winning the loyalty of customers, who can taste artisanal specialties and receive valuable advice from qualified staff.

In the Fish section, located next to the Butcher section, Gemini by Eurocryor takes centre stage, a semi-vertical cabinet that impresses for the special arrangement of its shelves, which are less deep at the top in order to enable customers to reach the products easily and to always ensure the best possible display of the items.

Finally, in the frozen section, the Costan Chorus closed plug-in cabinets provide an impeccable visual display of frozen products. These new-generation display cabinets, compact and robust, with a modern, sleek design, are intelligent solutions designed to stimulate impulse buying.

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Misa will be Gold Sponsor of the second training day on April 19th organized and led by Antonino Cannavacciuolo. The new edition will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Rome: an exceptional location for meeting restaurateurs from all over Italy, help them to grow, strengthen team spirit and face every challenge with the determination of true champions.

The event “So you want to be a chef, too?” represents an important occasion for sharing and discussing the strategic technical and practical decisions behind a constantly-growing business. Throughout the day Antonino Cannavacciuolo and his consultants will be revealing to aspiring restaurateurs and to entrepreneurs in the restaurant and hotel sector the key ingredients of business success. In order to transform their kitchens into unique spaces, chefs must be able to act as leaders to motivate their staff, have a designer's touch to decorate their environment stylishly and, most importantly, understand and satisfy their customers' requests with excellent dishes. To this end, Antonino Cannavacciuolo will hold a lesson structured into four live show cooking sessions from the stage, equipped for the occasion with a professional kitchen featuring a Misa KLA cabinet with Epta Food Defence, to ensure proper conservation of fine products.

Epta Food Defence is an innovative anti-bacterial system with silver ions available for all Misa solutions, designed to improve the food safety of products stored in cold rooms. A valuable ally of all professionals in the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering sector, Epta Food Defence can prevent, fight and eliminate numerous species of bacteria, including the best known and most dangerous ones, to provide total and permanent protection throughout the useful life of the cold room.

As William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta, explains:  “This new and prestigious collaboration with a starred chef is a further confirmation of Epta's commitment to preserve the culture of food value and of the essential role of refrigeration in the kitchen. The Misa KLA cabinet with Epta Food Defence anti-bacterial system is ideal for ensuring freshness of the delicate ingredients of Mediterranean tradition, which are the basis of Antonino Cannavacciuolo's innovative cuisine. As the expert gourmet will tell you, the secret of every recipe lies in its raw materials: when using quality, perfectly-preserved products, the result can only be a harmony of taste and colour.”

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Epta will be back again this year at the National Convenience Show with its brands George Barker, Cold Service, Iarp, Costan and Misa to present all of the novelties dedicated to retail sector, from convenience, petrol forecourts to cash&carry stores and sandwich shops to cafés. (Stand C39)

The three-day event, which will be held at the NEC (Birmingham) between 18 and 20 April, has confirmed its status as the main English trade fair for the convenience store market. It is an important occasion for understanding recent market trends, changes in consumer trends and for developing new business opportunities. In order to maximise interaction between all the operators within the sector, the National Convenience Show 2016 is scheduled to take place at the same time as another three events: Food & Drink Expo, Foodex, Farm Shop & Deli Show and will involve more than 300 exhibitors.

Adrian Westrup, Cold Service Commercial Director states: “Epta will be present at the National Convenience Show 2016 which is a key event for presenting its innovative, compact and low environmental impact plug-in cabinets for chilled and frozen temperatures. These have been designed to respond to the requirements of the rapidly growing convenience store market in the UK. This is a market that Epta is looking at with great interest as studies have confirmed it now comprises 51,000 retail outlets and had a total turnover in 2015 of £37.7 billion in our Country.*”  

*Source: Local Shop Report 2015 http://www.acs.org.uk/download/local-shop-report-2015/

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On 10 - 11 April Epta and its brands Eurocryor, Misa and Costan will be at IMeat 2016, the two-day event dedicated to butchery that will be held at ModenaFiere Pavilion A Stand. 34. It is an important occasion where all the operators in the sector get together to discuss and examine in more depth the new role of butchery, a rapidly developing business sector in terms of technological solutions and the presentation and general promotion of products.

Eurocryor, Misa and Costan will be presenting their solutions in conjunction with exclusive systems designed to guarantee the highest quality and enhance the appeal of fine cuts of meat. In particular, Eurocryor will be exhibiting its tailor-made refrigerated display units, which can be used to create a uniquely scenographic presentation that captures the attention of consumers and promotes the products. Moreover, the freshness of the meat is ensured by the exclusive Dynamic Systems technology that allows it to be preserved for a number of days inside the cabinets - without having to put it back in cold storage rooms overnight - thus maintaining its organoleptic and aesthetic qualities unaltered.

Misa will be in attendance with its cold rooms which have always been synonymous with hygiene and excellent conservation of foodstuffs, and which are now reinforced by Epta Food Defence. This is an antibacterial system with silver ions that was devised to improve the food safety of stored products and prevent, combat and eliminate numerous types of bacteria - including the most dangerous varieties - for complete and permanent protection throughout the entire life cycle of the cold room.

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Notes with a value of EUR 20 million have been placed, with a 7-year bullet, at a fixed interest rate of 2.30%. The shelf facility that has been signed with Pricoa Capital Group provides the possibility of placing new issues up to an overall value of US$ 120 million (or EUR equivalent).


Milan, 10 March 2016 – Today Epta S.p.A. has completed the issue and placement of notes through Pricoa Capital Group – a trading name of Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States (NYSE:PRU) and one of the main players in the private placement market – with a value of EUR 20 million within a shelf facility that provides the possibility to place new issues up to an overall value of US$ 120 million (or EUR equivalent).

The EUR 20 million notes have been issued in a single tranche with a 7-year bullet maturity and a 2.30% fixed interest rate. The shelf facility gives Epta S.p.A. and other companies of the Group the opportunity to ask Pricoa Capital Group to underwrite new issues over the next three years up to an overall value of US$ 120 million (or EUR equivalent).

Through this private placement, Epta S.p.A. will diversify its sources of financing and increase its flexibility. In this regard, the transaction will enable the Group to have more resources available in order to look at new strategic development opportunities with increasing confidence.

The shelf facility Epta S.p.A. has signed with Pricoa Capital Group confirms the solidity of this Company that has distinguished itself over the years for its reliability and ability to expand at a global level. The multinational group specialising in commercial refrigeration aims to continue growing through its international presence and the strength of its brands. It has set itself the target of reaching a turnover of 1 Billion Euros by 2020.

Joshua Shipley, Senior Vice President of Pricoa Capital Group states: “With this operation Pricoa Capital Group confirms once again its belief in Italian entrepreneurship which it has been investing in for more than 15 years” and continues “we are proud to support Epta S.p.A. in the process of strengthening its business, because this Group has forged its reputation on innovative and high quality solutions. Our purchasing of Epta’s notes is very well suited to supporting the Group in all phases of its development and we believe that this mechanism can be an interesting alternative to traditional bank financing.”

Marco Nocivelli, CEO of Epta S.p.A. comments: “We are extremely satisfied with the shelf facility we have signed. It is proof of the stability of the Company and the value of our strategic project. At this time the use of alternative financial instruments represents the best choice for the Company to support our development plans that have already propelled us amongst the main global players in the sector. We are confident that the placement that was launched today will be met with favour by the international financial community.”

Mediobanca acted as Sole Arranger, BonelliErede was the legal advisor for the Issuer while Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was the legal advisor for the Investor.



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Epta and its Iarp, Eurocryor and Misa brands will be attending Food&HotelAsia 2016, the landmark exhibition in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector for the Asia region, which is scheduled to run from 12 to 15 April 2016 at the Singapore Expo (Hall 2; Asia Sector; Stand 2K1-01).

The 20th edition of the trade fair will be one of the biggest ever, with 68,000 visitors from the trade from 95 countries expected to attend, as well as more than 3,000 exhibitors in over 93,000 m2 of exhibition space, workshops, conferences, international prize giving ceremonies and 6 events on the programme: HotelAsia, FoodAsia, SpecialityCoffee&Tea, Bakery&Pastry, HospitalityStyleAsia and HospitalityTechnology.

Specifically, the Epta Iarp, Eurocryor and Misa brands will be participating at HotelAsia, the biennial exhibition dedicated to equipment for hotels and for catering, where they will be presenting a complete range of refrigerated solutions and innovative technologies aimed at the Asian market. The four days are a must for buyers from all over Asia and an important opportunity for Epta to encounter the foremost influencers and decision makers of the hospitality sector, so as to consolidate existing relations and develop new agreements.

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Rendezvous at Sandwich & Snack!


Once again this year, Iarp will be attending Sandwich & Snack, the largest European trade fair dedicated to fast food / take away meals, taking place over the 14th and 15th of March in Paris (Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 3, Stand 3-D048).

The landmark show in this sector, its two days are a unique business platform and the ideal place for presenting the latest trends in this continuously evolving market. In the wake of the highly successful 2015 edition, which was attended by more than 280 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors, 10% of whom came from abroad, the 17th appointment with Sandwich & Snack is an unmissable event for all the players involved in rapid and commercial catering.

To this effect, Iarp will be presenting its solutions designed to encourage impulse purchases of sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks, including cabinets from the Gemma and Counter range. Positive temperature plug-in units, Gemma 30 and Gemma 45 stand out for their attractive design, smooth lines and great eco-friendliness, the result of the decision to use R290 propane as a natural refrigerant gas.

Lastly, the jewel in the crown of the Counter line from Iarp is extreme flexibility: ideal for confined spaces, these compact cabinets combine minimum dimensions and perfect visibility, guaranteed by a slim outer frame and the possibility of integrating several adjustable shelves.

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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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