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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Epta strengthens Customer Care Service in the UK


Epta is delighted to announce that its National call centre for the UK has been fully operational since March 2nd at the Ringwood offices in the South of England.  A unified call centre dedicated to all UK clients has been created: this investment will ensure greater flexibility and faster service reaction.
In order to be able to always offer the best customer service, the new centre has been planned and is run solely by a team of highly qualified Epta engineers, all of them refrigeration experts.

Gennaro Gentile – Epta After Sales Director commented: “The new Ringwood call centre is for us a major step in the direction of ever higher client satisfaction. We are very proud of the outcome: the team of Epta experts deployed is capable of offering the right solution with the utmost efficiency.”

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Costan's Limana manufacturing site, in the Province of Belluno, Italy, has received ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Integrated certification from the independent agency TÜV Austria Cert GmbH. This demonstrates the company's dilligence in tenaciously pursuing quality excellence, respect for the environment and for the community, while ensuring the highest levels of occupational health and safety.

The outstanding results of "Progetto Infortuni 0" – Zero Accidents Project – bear witness to this: 80% decrease in the rate of accidents per hour worked in 5 years (13 accidents vs. 80 per 1,000,000 hours) and a remarkable reduction in injury severity. Regarding environmental matters, the use of new green technology and more careful management of scrap material has made it possible to reclaim 90% of the waste produced in the factory. Finally, the Limana site has also achieved major performance improvements in resource conservation: energy and water consumption per cabinet produced have dropped by 30 %.

Massimo Sommacal, Director at Costan's Limana plant expresses satisfaction: “We are proud to announce that we have achieved Integrated Certification for our Quality, Environmental and Occupational Safety Management Systems. This shows our strong commitment to protect the land and our steady consideration for the well-being of our people. We are thankful to all our co-workers, whose contribution and active involvement in all stages of the manufacturing process is crucial for achieving continued improvement and innovation.”


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iMeat 2015: innovation in the butcher's shop with Eurocryor, Costan and Misa


From March 15th through 16th, Epta, with its brands Eurocryor, Costan and Misa, will hold a leading role at iMeat. This event, dedicated to the key players in the meat industry, is once again an opportunity to develop the growing importance of the butcher's shop and especially of the butcher, who is increasingly regarded as the professional who guarantees the origin and qualitty of food.

With the aim of maximizing the sale of these highly profitable and highly perishable foods, Eurocryor will present the Dynamic System. This innovative technology makes it possible to capture the consumer's attention with very unique displays that highlight the freshness and quality of the cuts so skillfully prepared by the masters of the craft. The central advantage provided by this system is superior food preservation. Dynamic system makes it possible to keep meat in the cabinet for several days without the need to move to a cold room overnight and with no loss of the products organoleptic and aesthetic qualities

Visual aspects are the first driver leading the consumer to purchase: for this reason Costan will be presenting GranVista at the event. This revolutionary total-glass multideck with full height doors and led lighting offers the perfect visibility of products needed to guide the consumer to his/her purchase.

This two-day event will also be an important showcase for Misa. Always synonymous with top hygiene and excellent product preservation, Misa will be there with one of its mini cold rooms.

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