Milan, 5th December 2019 - Epta SpAa multinational group specialised in commercial refrigeration – has announced that it has aquired Linus Eco sp.z.o.o. in Poland. The Group’s partner in Poland designs, installs and provides after-sales assistance for refrigeration systems, including those with natural refrigerant CO2, for the Food Retail segment. Based in Bosutów in the Krakow area, Linus Eco has made a name for itself in the area as a reliable partner for the biggest local and foreign players in Retail.

In line with Epta’s strategy for international development, this agreement aims to consolidate the Group’s direct presence in high-potential countries such as Poland, ranked the sixth-largest country in terms of inhabitants, and the seventh-largest economy in the European Union. This agreement comes in the wake of establishing Epta Polska; a company formed simultaneous to the acquisition of Libre Sp.z.o.o.Sp.K in August 2017, with the aim of boosting market penetration.

Andrzej Zabiegaj and Grzegorz Brak from Linus declared: “Epta Polska and Linus have benefited from a collaboration spanning a number of years. Now we will be consolidating our reciprocal skills in a single team. Joining Epta will give us an opportunity to deliver turnkey projects with outstanding added value, featuring solutions with unrivalled design, quality, technology and low environmental impact, not to mention excellent after-sales services.”

Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and Managing Director of Epta commented: “We are proud to welcome Linus Eco into the Group. This strategic deal will allow us to be more competitive together and help us to stay closer to our customer base in Poland. He continues:The agreement also confirms Epta’s intention to increase its presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2011, the company has been working in Hungary with Epta International technical and commercial coordination centre. It has since developed further with the acquisitions of Libre in 2017 in Poland, followed by DAAS in 2018 in Romania. Thanks to Linus’s capabilities, Epta expects to further consolidate its market share in these areas, which are set to yield considerable growth.”

The Advisors which supported Epta in the acquisition were MDDP for the tax and financial due diligence, and Schönherr for legal matters.

The closing has already been completed with validity effective from December 4th 2019.


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Epta France is among the winners of the Prix de l’Economie Néo Aquitains – Department of the Atlantic Pyrenees. This event, which is now in its 14th edition, was established to reward successful companies and entrepreneurs in the area that actively contribute to the development of the Region and present them as virtuous examples, enhancing the routes and results achieved in terms of growth, export, innovation etc. The ceremony was held on 26 November in Biarritz at the Municipal Casino and political and economic authorities of the Department also attended.

Organised by the daily Sud Ouest, the Banque Populaire and the New Aquitaine Region, in association with Kedge BS and Pouey International, the Prix de l’Economie Néo Aquitains envisages the selection of a shortlist of 200 Companies, assessed by a jury which this year is chaired by Guillaume De Seynes, general manager of Hermès International and composed of 11 members chosen from the most important entrepreneurs of the region.

Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta Group received the Prix Performance: We are proud to have received this prestigious award, which encourages us to continue along the path of growth we have undertaken, and bears witness to our willingness to actively contribute to local development. In the last ten years, our turnover in France has doubled to reach 210 million Euro last year. Our workforce has also grown, and we now employ 600+ employees in France. This success is thanks to the trust that clients place in us, our continuous investment policy - equal to 5 million Euro a year in the Hendaye site - and above all to our collaborators, especially those who work in the Basque Country.”





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Epta on the podium of the German Design Awards 2020 for OutFit and Mozaïk


Epta wins the prestigious German Design Award for the second time, the award given to projects that merge functionality and utility, aesthetics and quality. The OutFit family under the Costan brand and Mozaïk under the Bonnet Névé brand, which debuted with serve-overs Velvet and Shape, was awarded in the category Excellent Product Design-Retail.

The award is assigned by the German Design Council, set up by the Deutsche bundestag of the German Government in 1953 to highlight the innovations that generate added value for brands in terms of design. The competition contributes to dictating the trends on the German and international stage, thanks to the participation of companies that see design as a key factor to develop their business and an international jury of experts from the industry and academic sector.

In 2016, Epta had already won the prize for the RevUP family of Costan and Bonnet Névé. This year, the commission awarded the line OutFit Costan and Mozaïk Bonnet Névé for the elevated modularity of the Velvet and Shape ranges, a guarantee of extremely versatile configurations and maximum personalisation in every kind of store, thanks to the multiple versions and finishes available for 480 modules. The serve-overs present themselves as a solution able to make the store unique and distinguishable and improve the shopping experience, transforming the store into a reference point for Consumers.          

The prize-giving ceremony will be on 7 February in Frankfurt at the Ambiente international trade fair.

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The full Epta range for natural refrigeration, on show at SIFA


Epta invites you to discover its full range for natural refrigeration at SIFA, the Interprofessional Refrigeration and its Applications Trade Show (Stand D12), in Paris from 19 to 21 November. The three-day event is a moment of exchange for all players of the supply chain, producers, OEM, design firms, installers and end users, to delve into the latest solutions and technologies in the HVACR sector and explore numerous aspects during the scheduled conferences.

Epta, among the protagonists of the event, presents itself as a partner able to respond to every need of Retailers and operators of the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food & Bev sector thanks to an all-encompassing range that goes from Bonnet Névé branded solutions to Misa coldrooms, to advanced refrigeration systems, always guaranteeing maximum sustainability.

The spotlight is on FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency in combination with the Eco2Small pack. This patented system is at the heart of the project LIFE 17 C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration co-financed by the European Union based on the Contract n°. LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120. The plan proposes to show that it is possible to fully replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2 at any latitude and temperature, guaranteeing numerous advantages, including 10% energy saving in the refrigeration system (compared to standard solutions) and up to 20% lower installation and maintenance costs. FTE will be the object of in-depth analysis at the stand and focus of the talk by Patrick Lissardy, Sales Manager EptaPRO at Atelier Expert, entitled “Ottimizzare i consumi energetici con un’installazione a CO2 transcritica” (Optimizing energy consumption with a CO2 transcritical installation) on 19 November at 5 pm.

Maximum sustainability, without sacrificing performance and design. On show will also be the solutions of the SkyEffect range of Bonnet Névé, including the vertical cabinet for frozen products SkyLight Integral, a plug and play cabinet with air condensation unique in its kind, ideal for installation in small supermarkets, where there is no machine room.

Worthy of note is also the vertical chilled cabinet SkyView Season, dedicated to displaying fresh fruit and vegetables, and Shape, the serve-over of the Mozaïk range which, designed to make exclusivity available on a large scale, impresses for its personalisations, extreme versatility and attention to Total Cost of Ownership.

The stand is completed by A KLC coldroom branded Misa with glass doors and the Freeblock unit, a compressor powered by natural refrigerant Propane R290 hermetically sealed and leak proof, pre-charged and tested in the factory, ready to go.

Finally, the not-to-be-missed conference “Refrigerated cabinets: trends and future” on Thursday at 2.30 pm, where Cécile Marty, Trade Marketing Manager Epta France will discuss the latest trends in the use of vertical open and closed cabinets, bringing as case study the Alleée des Fromages together with Jean Philippe Gateau, Marketing Director of Lactalis. A visual merchandising solution designed by Epta in association with Lactalis, and co-designed by ONE BY ONE to transform closed vertical self-service furnishings into development opportunities for the entire category of dairy products, proposing a more logical and legible display, which contributes to transforming the moment of purchase into a delightful moment, bolstering impulse buying.

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Your #Storevolution. The Epta System: this is Epta’s promise to the market, which will be previewed at Euroshop 2020, the world’s leading Retail fair which will be held in Düsseldorf from 16 to 20 February.

An evolution/revolution is underway in the Retail world, dictated by a more demanding clientele, new consumer trends and stringent international legislation, which is continuously updated. In a scenario which is changing at an ever-increasing pace, Epta, leader in the refrigeration world, in virtue of a global approach, works alongside Retailers in tackling the changes in the technological and legislative area, in addition to the challenges in proposing increasingly more attractive set-ups, merged with performance and excellent services.

To experience the store in its most evolved version the answer is Epta System, the winning combination of comprehensive solutions and advanced services, offered by specialist teams which work to leave an even more distinctive mark and transform the stores into an authentic destination for consumers.

Thanks to brand synergy, the Group offers the widest range of systems and technologies for refrigeration in the Large-Scale Retail, Ho.Re.Ca and Food & Beverage sectors. Furthermore, thanks to the contribution of teams of professionals, it is able to work alongside the Client at every phase of the project, from the conception of appealing spaces which give dynamism and vitality to the layout of any store, up to assistance and after-sales consulting, guarantee of maximum reliability and performance.

How can you make your Clients experience the store in its most evolved and decidedly exciting version? The first step is to choose Epta, the refrigeration specialist, as your partner!


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Epta and DAAS organised the event COOL INNOVATION IN RETAIL: SOLUTIONS FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS for Romanian customers in Bucharest in early October, which saw the participation of several of the leading players in the country’s Retail sector, between important international chains and local businesses. It was a moment of exchange dedicated to the latest trends of the large-scale retail channels, to the evolutions involving the commercial refrigeration sector and to new technologies. COOL INNOVATION IN RETAIL also provided the opportunity to discover how EPTA and DAAS are responding to and anticipating market needs, in terms of products, systems and innovative services.

The event saw numerous speeches, including the presentation by the guest star of the event, John Ryan, one of the top 100 Retail influencers, who illustrated the most recent trends and accompanied the guests along a route to “conquer” the future of the sector, offering useful suggestions for empowering the shopping experience.

Keynote speakers included William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta, who provided interesting insights on the key trends affecting the refrigeration business and the key market drivers for Epta, with a foretaste of the innovations that will be unveiled at Euroshop 2020. Adrian Craioveanu, DAAS Marketing Director, presented the full range of services and solutions provided by the Company. This also included an Epta Concept team, capable of combining insight, imagination and know-how to create powerful and meaningful brand and store experiences.

During the meeting, a large space was dedicated to technical details, with the talk by Francesco Mastrapasqua, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs Manager of Epta, who highlighted the novelties in terms of European legislation: from the F-Gas Regulation, to Energy Labelling and Eco-design. Finally, Alvise Case, Energy Manager of Epta, presented the prestigious project Life-C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration promoted by the Group and co-financed by the European Union according to the contract LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120, of which DAAS is partner. Life-C4R takes the shape of a three-year plan, within the Mitigation area of the European LIFE Programme, to raise awareness among the scientific community, component suppliers and all the players of the Retail world on the use of increasingly sustainable solutions.

At the core of Life-C4R is the patented FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system by   Epta: three Italian pilot projects and four replica prototypes in Romania and Spain, installed with the partners Epta Iberia and DAAS. It will provide data to confirm the thesis behind Life-C4R and to show how it is possible to fully replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, in any climate condition.

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Eurocryor is sponsor of the first Italian Young Butchers Championship established by Federcarni. The Italian Young Butchers Competition IYBC was born to recognise and reward the talent of meat professionals under 35 years of age, facilitate generational turnover and take the first step to compare and collaborate with foreign Associations too.

The championship gets underway on 27 October 2019 in Piacenza during the event Street Food Technology and develops in different stages that will allow the top two of each group to qualify for the final in March 2021, within the iMeat framework. The participants will be assessed by a jury of five experts from the sector based on different criteria and, for each stage, a special Eurocryor award will be presented. To underline the importance of correct food safety, guarantee of best meat quality, Eurocryor will present the Prize “Food Safety and Technical Skill” to those who have shown to be operating with the highest attention to these factors.

Furthermore, for each appointment, Eurocryor, the Epta brand specialised in refrigerated cabinets for prestige furnishings, will provide a solution to store and display meat. Star of the first appointment is PrimoPiano, proposed with personalisation in Corten and Dynamic system technology. The counter amazes for its aesthetics and original design, with volumes designed to intersect and a special display surface that protrudes to seem almost suspended. A detail designed to bring the Customer closer to the products and guarantee, at the same time, maximum perception of the quality and freshness of the meat from all viewing positions.

The special version presented is equipped with Dynamic System, the exclusive patented technology dedicated to butcher shops that makes it possible to store the articles inside the counter for more days, maintaining the organoleptic and aesthetic characteristics intact, without the need to place them back into the cold room overnight. Dynamic System is able to maintain the humidity at values higher than 90%, without the use of humidifiers, limit the average weight reduction of the meat to just 0.12% compared to the average 3% of a traditional system and offers significant benefits to operators, allowing them to save approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes a day.

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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 food 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 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 impress 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 combine the aesthetics of remote solutions, with the flexibility of cabinets with an integrated 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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