Epta receives the ELITE Certification


Epta has joined the restricted number of companies (33) to receive the Elite certification. This award follows the completion of a path created by Borsa Italiana in co-operation with Academy London Stock Exchange and a number of other prominent institutions and national organisations such as the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, Confindustria, ABI, Fondo Strategico Italiano, SACE, SIMEST, the Italian Investment Fund and Bocconi University.
Today, the Elite platform, created in 2012, lists 271 companies in 15 European countries, more than 150 advisers and 80 investors. To join Elite, Companies must meet some basic requirements such as a positive track record for the following factors: growth, turnover, a firm competitive standing and a dependable growth project.
In order to be awarded the Elite Certification it is necessary to complete all three phases of the path devised by Borsa Italiana: GET Ready, GET Fit and GET Value: these three phases aim at accelerating company growth through an organisational and management development plan. What ELITE offers to the companies selected is a platform of tools and services to enable them to grasp new visibility and networking opportunities and to position themselves with the financial markets.

The official ceremony was held on April 27th at the Palazzo Mezzanotte, in Piazza degli Affari, Milan. During the ceremony, Nunzio Visciano, Head of Equity Market Listing at Borsa Italiana, handed over the Elite Certification to Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of the Epta Group, thereby confirming that the company has fulfilled all three path phases.
Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of the Epta Group says in this respect: “The Elite Project, that we joined two years ago, is an important opportunity to measure ourselves with dynamic and fast-growing businesses, a route to cultural enrichment for the organisation, a spur to identifying strategic objectives and implementing innovative means to strengthen our leadership”.

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Thaifex 2015: Experience the best in Asia with Epta


Epta presents the company's technological innovations and the latest trends in the  food & beverage industry at THAIFEX, the foremost Asian trade fair in the food business (May 20th through 24th , Bangkok, Pavilion 9, Booth G-49).
This eleventh edition, with 1,500-plus International exhibitors, 112,000 expected visitors and an exhibition area of 70,000 m² is an unparalleled showcase for the solutions offered by our brands, Costan, Misa and Iarp: the latter will be also be the Fair's official provider of display cabinet rentals throughout the event.

Epta will be there to exhibit a comprehensive array of solutions dedicated to the Eastern markets and able to satisfy all the requirements of the Horeca and Retail industry. Among the highlights presented, the Gemma 30 plug-in cabinet by Iarp stands out: this entirely customisable compact display case with soft lines is an ideal unit to encourage impulse purchases in small size sales areas. Attractive design is the hallmark of Costan's Lion, a positive-temperature multideck characterised by high visibility and easy access to the products displayed as well as by low energy consumption. Lastly, Epta's commitment ensures good hygiene and food freshness, demonstrated by the presence of MISA's KLC cold room, which guarantees unrivalled product safety and preservation.

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Epta, a Reliable Group


Reliability, innovation and flexibility: Epta is launching a new Corporate video with which it aims to communicate the Group's excellence through quality contents. The number of factories, production capacity, yearly turnover, investment in Research and Development and awards received: all these details are covered in the video, expressing Epta’s corporate calling which stresses client focus and reasserts its role as a reliable partner who caters for all retailer needs and provides excellent service worldwide.

This winning strategy is perfectly in tune with Epta's leading concept, “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, interpreted as a trait d’union between the numerous Expo 2015 initiatives in which the Company is presenting its innovative display solutions, to ensure products retain their value through perfect preservation and display of foodstuffs.  More specifically, thanks to systematic R&D, the group guarantees the best conditions for preserving food and retaining its freshness and safety, while totally respecting environmental resources.

Epta's commitment to sustaining food value is demonstrated by the numerous awards received. For example, Ecocare 2014 and the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2014, both awarded to highly energy efficient solutions, or Janus de l’Industrie 2013 and 2014 in recognition of innovational systems combining sleek design, environmental sustainability and ease of use.

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The Biodiversity Park is a unique place in which Nature and Culture meet, celebrating Italian environmental highlights as well as agricultural and agri-food fine products.
This sensory itinerary starts with a trip in the Italian biodiversity world, arranged in the outdoor gardens which span from the Alps to the Islands. It ends in the Organic and Green Pavilion, where the Organic Food store is set up through the joint effort of NaturaSì and Costan. In this sales point, located at the core of the theme area, the shopping experience becomes reality enabling the visitor to embrace the values of a sustainable future by choosing food according to ethical rules and supporting the protection of local specialties.

This responsible attitude is perfectly in tune with Epta's concept, “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, which ensures masterly presentation of products, superlative food freshness and safety, thereby enhancing food value, by the installation of cutting-edge technology solutions like the new GranVista from the RevUP Family. Epta's commitment to preserve food value extends into environmental protection, demonstrated by the equipment chosen. On this occasion low-emission cabinets and a CO2 transcritical cooling system providing near zero environmental impact, especially in terms of global warming contribution.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director at Epta says: “The alliance between Costan and NaturaSì to set up the Biostore is one more opportunity for both companies to present a virtuous system for safe and sustainable growth. The green solutions selected, running on natural refrigerant, complete the installation and perfectly suit a broader project, one in which we partner up with  NaturaSì to promote environmental protection as well as a more rational use of resources.”

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Respect for the environment, flavours, tradition and innovation: Epta is co-operating with the Expo 2015 Thai Pavilion in setting up the exhibit. The importance of food is matched by correct display and preservation: this responsible attitude is expressed in the layout of the Food for the Future, which is perfectly in tune with Epta's concept. “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, which ensures a masterly presentation of product, superlative food freshness and safety while enhancing food value by the installation of cutting-edge technological solutions. Specifically, Iarp EIS 42 chiller cabinets and EIS 45 freezers will be installed, which are ideal to display beverages and the ready-to-eat typical Thai dishes.

In line with the Universal Exposition's claim, the theme developed in the Thai exhibition area,  “Nourishing and Delighting the World in a sustainable way” will walk visitors through discovery of the flavours and ancient culture of Thailand, with its deeply rooted devotion to nature and the environment. Thai cuisine and agriculture are actually the two elements selected to represent the deepest identity of this guest country, as reflected in the architectural style of the Pavilion, which echoes the typical hat worn by Thai rice farmers, the ngob, and the winding lines of the naga, the fertility snake-men deities.
Piero Triglio Godino – IARP's Chairman and Managing Director says in this respect: “This partnership was created thanks to Iarp's office in Cha-Am, Thailand, which makes us particularly proud. Indeed, Iarp's solutions celebrate the contemporary Thai lifestyle and its deep roots by promoting street food culture. This makes it possible to taste superb quality food, prepared according to tradition and preserved in keeping with the most stringent food safety standards.”

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Iarp's innovation at Tuttofood


Epta, through the Group's Iarp brand name, will be an exhibitor at Tuttofood, the third European Trade Show in Europe to be hosted in Milan from May 3rd through 6th, during the Expo 2015 inaugural week, in the area dedicated to Venditalia's special edition (Pavilion 18, Stand F43). This very prestigious International showcase will offer the opportunity to launch two new Iarp solutions for the world of vending machines: Diamond and Oasi.

Top performance and technology are Diamond's major features: this innovative plug-in positive-temperature cabinet provides very high performance levels, in class A++. The equipment features an exclusive electronic price display and a tablet, making it possible for clients to access nutritional details about the products on display. Iarp's commitment to food value is also demonstrated by Oasi, the ice-cream vending machine combining cutting-edge refrigeration technology with an independent control unit, thereby affording a higher level of temperature control and food safety. Moreover, Oasi has a built-in restocking control software and a lit display box to improve interaction with the consumer and boost sales.

Among the highlights of the excellent equipment Iarp presents at Tuttofood are the Realook 42  plug-in for beverages and Realook 45, ideal for ice-creams. These cabinets with a built-in unit and a contemporary appeal are highly interactive. An LCD screen integrated in the glass door conveys promotional content and actively involves the consumer in an unprecedented shopping experience. Lastly, the vending machines of the Laser range will be presented, offering the possibility to combine the sale of fresh food products alongside non food products, by totally customising the internal layout.

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The Epta Way UP: preserving Food Value at the core of Epta's initiatives for Expo 2015


From the Milk Area and FabFood in the Italian Pavilion, to the “Food for the Future” in the Thai Pavilion and the Biodiversity Park, the Epta solutions presented at Expo demonstrate the Group's commitment to spread the food value and resource conservation culture, in harmony with the claim of the Universal Exposition:"Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”

A responsible attitude that resounds in the concept “The Epta Way UP: preserving food value”, through technologically advanced solutions that ensure perfect preservation and display of foodstuffs while enhancing their value. Specifically thanks to systematic research and development, Epta guarantees flawless presentation, super food freshness, authenticity and safety, while fully respecting the environment. With this strategy Epta reasserts the importance of the retailer as well as the group's ability to meet retailer requirements, while maximizing store growth.

Blending ethical and corporate principles with the image and targets promoted by Expo is the goal Epta has set for itself. Through a concept made of values, Epta conveys the imperative to offer healthy, safe and sufficient food to all people. On the other hand, the Group enhances the ethical value of food by supporting its economic importance: a thriving trading industry is actually fundamental to boost economic growth and the consequent social progress in any country.

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Epta has partnered up with Federazione Anima and contributed its display solutions to the set-up of the #FoodPeople exhibition, to be opened on April 22nd at Milan's Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum. This initiative is in unison with the themes of Expo 2015 and aims to explore the development of the agri-food industry, as well as the scientific and technological innovations experienced in the past 150 years.

The value of Epta's participation in the project # FoodPeople encompasses all of its significances, as it means to create a trait d’union between the refrigeration solutions of the past and more recent developments, in order to accompany the visitor in a virtual journey through the exhibition. In the area named "A tavola", a Costan refrigerated cabinet from the early '50s has actually been installed, which was donated by the Nocivelli Family to the Institution. On the other hand, the "Dentro l'Industria" section hosts the innovative EptaBlue Waterloop system.  These symbols of two different eras will enable the public to grasp the momentous social impact that this technology had back in the day and still has today, technology that has made it possible to preserve food for days, revolutionising the daily life of consumers and shopkeepers alike.

Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of the Epta Group as well as Deputy Chairman of Federazione Anima for Financial Relations declares in this respect: “We are proud of our contribution to this interesting exhibition, which provides valuable insight into the important role that science and technology had in guaranteeing food authenticity, freshness and safety while fully respecting the environment”. "This is an astonishing, enthralling and amusing exhibit because of the topics covered, the simple language used, the images, animations and interactive games presented, which make the themes dealt with accessible to the general public. In this context our solutions become both the starting and finish point of a very exclusive "behind the scenes" experience focused on the exploration of the cold chain.”

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Epta is co-operating with Granarolo to communicate the Milk Experience in the company's booth at Expo 2015. In the experiential tour organised in this international showcase, visitors will be helped to discover milk as a creational element and to consider its  significance as the earliest source of nutrition for man. The partnership between Epta and Granarolo is founded on sustainability, innovation and quality: these are really the three stepping stones of their common vision, which perfectly matches the claim of Milan Expo “Feeding the planet, energy for life”.

a responsible attitude that Epta expresses in the concept “The Epta Way UP : preserving food value”, through technologically advanced solutions that ensure perfect preservation and display of foodstuffs while enhancing their value. The Epta Group brands Costan and Iarp have actually devised two brand new solutions to present Granarolo's latest flagship products in the Italian Pavilion, which will highlight the agri-food specialties of Italy.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director at Epta says: “The synergy between Epta and Granarolo embodies the excellence of the Italian industry. These two companies are actively involved in a nutritional model that the world sets up as an example because of the nutritional and biological diversities it offers but also because of the rational use of natural resources, respect for the environment and the excellent product conservation it advocates.”

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See you at the National Convenience Show!


Epta and its brands George Barker and Iarp will be awaiting you at the National Convenience Show 2015, the foremost event for the Convenience-Retailing industry in Great Britain, from April 20 through 22 in Birmingham where Epta will be present on their distributor Delta’s stand (J38). This will be an important opportunity to showcase the solutions these two brands have devised for small and medium size stores, and to exchange views on new market trends with suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. This three day-event coincides with two other preeminent industry trade shows: the Farm Shop & Deli Show and the The Forecourt Show, with the participation of more than 600 brands.

Robert Grunwell, Trade marketing at George Barker says of the event: “The National Convenience Show presents an excelent platform from which we can showcase the quality of our cabinets specifically aimed at convenience stores. With George Barker and Iarp's plug-in cabinets the Group is able to effectively respond to the increasingly challenging demands of a constantly growing and evolving industry. This trade show will be the perfect opportunity to present the flexibility of George Barker's Lion Compact, Gazelle Compact and Valzer green solutions and of Iarp's Gemma, a modern and stylish positive-temperature plug-in.”

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