Epta is preparing for important events with the future of natural refrigerants as the Group was the Gold sponsor of ATMOsphere Australia in May as it will be at ATMOsphere Asia and ATMOsphere Europa in September.

These are acknowledged internationally as being the most influential events in their respective geographical areas and will represent an opportunity for meeting all of the operators of the HVAC&R sector, as well as Representatives of the Governments of numerous countries to discuss the latest technological targets and smart-green success stories.

William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta stated: “Guaranteeing for Retailers complete solutions, that are 100% natural and able to combine high performances, maximum energy saving and the best promotion of products is the challenge that commercial refrigeration has to overcome in order to establish itself as the “invisible and integrated partner”. Retailers need to continue to be competitive.” He added: “It is a challenge for the market, but an opportunity which Epta has been able to seize. The Group offers a wide range of CO2 solutions that were designed to surpass the current limitations of transcritical systems, sized for any store format and suitable for use in any climate. After its launch at Euroshop 2017, the ATMOsphere congresses will be another chance to present the advantages of our exclusive transcritical CO2 FTE (Full transcritical Efficiency) - that is patent pending in Italy and Australia.

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Epta Iberia launched its new brand Epta Concept, that made its debut by working on a very special store: the covered market in Calle Clara del Rey in Madrid, which demonstrates Epta Concept’s ability to offer ad hoc fit-outs, where the solutions from Epta’s brands integrate perfectly with store layouts.

The first step involved was outlining the requirements of the customer before proceeding with the design of unique shopping environments that  surprise consumers as soon as they walk through the door, thanks to the close collaboration between the Sales, Marketing and Merchandising departments. The market is a charming open space with no visual barriers, that almost beckons you to discover the day’s fresh specialties. The most striking feature is the personalization of every area, despite them all fitting harmoniously into the space.

The fresh food acts as a “catalyst”: Epta Concept has designed numerous areas, each of which has its own personality. The presentation of fish, meats, cold cuts and desserts stand out as a result of constantly changing details: the seafood is positioned on a special cabinet designed by Costan with a shelf for unpackaged products and a fully equipped back counter in stainless steel, while the exquisite Jamons, cured meats and cheeses are displayed in Rossini Costan cabinets with clean lines and curved glass. Another  noteworthy feature is the Patisserie, that has  a sophisticated appearance thanks to the choice of Eurocryor Spring B solutions with straight glass, double shelves and the Torre tutto-vetro [full-glass Tower] with 5 shelves. These bespoke cabinets make the “sweet creations” truly irresistible, thanks to their full transparency and the warm colour of the briar-root that was chosen for the front panel and the back wall of the department.
Another stand-out feature is the area dedicated to fruit with wooden display cabinets, where the promotion of the items combines with the utmost focus on ergonomics and functionality.

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Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group, was one of the speakers at the Open to Innovation! Conference, that was organised by Federazione Anima in the exclusive setting of Milan’s "Leonardo da Vinci" National Museum of Science and Technology. The common theme of the event was the present and future developments of Italian technology from a 4.0 perspective.

The event was attended by key political and institutional representatives, including the Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, the Chairman of Confindustria Vincenzo Boccia and the chairman of Anima Alberto Caprari, who were involved in debates with entrepreneurs on the meaning of “new competitiveness” and real instruments to help companies grow. The session also benefited from the experience of specialists and entrepreneurs who offered their own evidence during an engaging and insightful round table and illustrated “their” vision for Industry 4.0, the strategies they have implemented and the guidelines for the coming years to transform plants into smart factories and contribute even more tangibly to Italy’s cultural and economic evolution.

Marco Nocivelli – Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group stated:We started this Revolution back at the start of the new millennium. The process that took us from the installation of the first industrial robot to the automated production lines we have today in all our plants has been long and complex, but time has proven us right and nowadays it is evident that innovation really is the future for a manufacturing industry that wants to win the challenge of international competitiveness.” And he concluded “As entrepreneurs we have to allow ourselves to be driven by curiosity and we must look for new ways and new solutions to continue to improve. Adopting Industry 4.0 does not simply mean buying new machinery, as it must involve changing the way we manage procedures and factories and changing the way we see things.”

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“The protection of the environment, attention to workers and local communities and the promotion of projects based on ethical principles should be considered a daily practice and “lifestyle” for every entrepreneur that should be adopted unreservedly” declares Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group. These were the guiding principles for the drafting of our fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report, that was recently validated by TÜV Austria Cert GmbH in line with option Core G4.”

The Group has reviewed the material aspects of the Report in accordance with the new G4 requirements: thanks to a survey involving a sample of internal stakeholders that identified the risks, opportunities and the most important aspects for the business, while establishing a list of KPIs which were then examined in depth in the CSR. Marco Nocivelli commented: “Our objective for next year is that of also involving external stakeholders in this process to make our Corporate Social Responsibility Report even more thorough and reliable and respond even more effectively to market requirements.”

Competing in a world characterised by constant technological challenges, with a combined focus on the utmost quality in terms of aesthetics and the best performances in the market: this is the “must” driving Epta in the production of refrigerated solutions that guarantee an innovative experience for consumers and the simultaneous reduction of their carbon footprint. The new GranFit  range of the  Costan brand and Bonnet Névé’s SkyEffect are the finest expression of this, with a line of efficient refrigerated cabinets for the fit-out of fresh and frozen food areas with a single family of products, to create infinite compositions and aisles with a modern appeal,  ensuring a revolutionary presentation for all food items.

Epta’s wide range of solutions to make stores “naturally” green includes the new FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system that overcomes all the limitations of traditional transcritical CO2 systems, combining simplicity and performance for energy savings of 10%.

Factories designed for the protection of resources and the utmost efficiency: Epta chooses cogeneration plants, solar panels and the implementation of Industry 4.0 processes to guarantee a reduction of 5.7% in KOE (kg of Oil Equivalent)/product despite the increase of units it manufactures. The new technologies it has adopted have enabled it to reduce the per unit consumption of water by 7.5% compared to 2014.

The ventures promoted by the Group include the EPTAcademy, training project that was developed in collaboration with SDA Bocconi School of Management. This a medium-long term process dedicated to the management of the Epta Group that includes two separate branches, the Epta Leadership Programme and the Talent Development, to increase the team’s managerial and leadership skills in order to support the significant development plan.

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Epta is taking part in the redevelopment of the former Manifatture Cotoniere Meridionali owned by Gianni Lettieri. This an area of more than 31,700 m2 over three levels where the first major shopping centre in Salerno was recently unveiled.

The Cotoniere has about 100 shops and a Conad store of 2,500 m2, where the solutions of the Epta brands Costan, Eurocryor and Misa contribute to promoting the fascia’s philosophy, based on unrivalled quality and product assortment.

To guarantee the  highest level of freshness and the best energy saving, Epta proposed its new transcritical CO2 FTE with remote tele-monitoring. This is an exclusive system that combines the possibility to use natural refrigeration even in hot climates, with the highest simplicity of installation and management: this innovative technology was developed by Epta to establish its position with Retailers as the invisible and integrated partner they need to continue to remain competitive.

As a new generation supermarket, the Conad at Le Cotoniere  offers something special in the Gastronomy, Bakery and Pizzeria areas which feature the traditional Panorama cabinets by Eurocryor, truly “panoramic” displays, that are enhanced by Torre, to highlight the wholesomeness of the constantly changing dishes that Conad’s chefs prepare with great skill. As a concrete expression of the claim “Buono perché fatto in casa Conad” [Good because it is home-made by Conad], the local specialties and the classics of Italian cuisine can be consumed in a dedicated area within the store, or at home.

The fine Scottona meats, along with the cuts that are most popular with consumers, are the stars of the Butcher’s area thanks to the Rossini Design by Costan, that really highlights the food’s freshness. The choice of cream coloured end cabinets and the white led lighting in the lower part of the panel, increase the contrast with the black wall of the department and attract the attention of consumers towards the products on display.

In the aisle of packaged products there is an explosion of colours, thanks to the Costan GranVista positive vertical cabinets. These glass cabinets are able to combine excellent performances in terms of energy saving with the highest visibility for food items, to promote a higher rotation of the  rich selection of fresh products.

An additional distinctive element of the store, in line with the aim of making the Conad at Le Cotoniere “a store with something extra compared to traditional shops”, is the open cheese factory, where Masters of the art of cheese-making produce on a daily basis delicacies like buffalo mozzarella, fiordilatte and crescenza, that are displayed like products in a jewellery store within a special Misa glass cold room that has three panoramic walls.


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EptaBlue becomes even more green, with the unveiling of EptaBlue CO2


To anticipate the requirements of the sector, that has become increasingly oriented towards the choice of green solutions in response to international regulations, Epta offers innovations based on natural refrigerants for every store format and all climate conditions, that ensure the highest level of energy saving, a reduction in carbon footprints and the safeguarding of resources. The Group’s commitment to developing technologically advanced systems is confirmed with the introduction of EptaBlue CO2.

This is a solution that is 100% natural and completely integrated with a store’s HVAC system. Designed by Epta to respond to the requirements of small and medium stores to limit energy consumption, reduce the installation complexity of refrigeration systems, whilst guaranteeing excellent returns on their investments; this is the essence of the new EptaBlue CO2.

It is a system which enables normal temperature and low temperature cabinets and cold rooms to be equipped with their own refrigeration unit. This transforms them from remote cabinets to plug-ins, by exploiting a water circuit that can be cooled by a Dry Cooler unit, or connected to a heat pump for the complete recovery of the energy that can be used again to heat the store. The cabinets and cold rooms are also equipped with variable speed BLDC compressors. These enable the refrigerating capacity that is emitted to be adapted to the load of the refrigerated unit and to external conditions, such as the number of people in the store and the time of day and time of year, in order to guarantee the upmost respect for the environment.

Another advantage of EptaBlue CO2 comes from its hermetically sealed circuits, for a complete elimination of losses and reloading costs of the refrigerant. This technological feature generates an additional saving for Retailers, by eliminating the need for the annual inspections required by the F-Gas Regulation for verifying whether there have been any leakages.

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Epta SpA announces the acquisition of King Richard Shop System Inc., longstanding distributor of the Group in the Philippines. King Richard Shop System Inc. is well known in the country for service & contracting in commercial refrigeration thanks to its twenty years of experience and a staff of over 100 people.

With this operation the Epta Group will expand its direct presence in East Asia, where it is already active in China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Epta is combining its know-how and expertise in the production and supply of technologically advanced systems with all-round service for both Retailers and the Food&Bev segment.

Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of Epta declares: “We are very proud to welcome to our Group all the staff of King Richard Shop System Inc. This operation is perfectly in line with the growth objectives that we set ourselves for the year to consolidate our presence in emerging countries, where we are growing in line with expectations.”

Gennaro Gentile, General Manager of Epta Asia, concludes: “This in an opportunity for both parties which enables us to be more competitive together and emerge as one of the strongest players in the Philippines able to offer a complete service throughout the country. It is an acquisition that enhances our mutual know-how: the quality that characterizes the cutting edge solutions of the Epta brands and the significant experience of King Richard Shop System Inc. in offering unrivalled pre and post sales assistance.”

The agreement has been finalized and will become effective as of 1st July 2017.

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EptAcademy is the training project developed in conjunction with the SDA Bocconi School of Management – the world’s sixth-ranking Business School in the Executive Education: Custom Programs category, according to the league table drafted by the Financial Times in 2016. It is a mid-to-long-term process focusing on management of the Epta Group, to increase the team’s managerial and leadership skills.

In detail, EptAcademy involves two approaches: the Epta Leadership Program and Talent Development, respectively dedicated to more senior profiles and potential talent. The aim is to share academic best practices teamed with work on a business case devised purposely for Epta. The Academy will be a centre for skills which will be developed thanks to training sessions provided by SDA Bocconi lecturers and players from the international stage.

It is a strategic initiative aimed at tackling the challenges posed by the global refrigeration market. The Epta Leadership Program is divided into four (or 3+1) modules, and offers participants a strategic model geared towards leadership of markets and organisations within highly competitive global contexts. The Talent Development, on the other hand, is developed in five modules, each of which focuses on a primary role within a complex organisation.

Following the approach used in a condensed MBA, the programme sets out to give participants the chance to enhance their skills all-round in the various areas of the business process. It also aims to help them develop their talent, including the possibility of taking part in a group project task aimed at consolidating what they have learned.

Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director and Chairman of the Epta Group, on the inauguration day of the EptAcademy, declared: “Pursuing a strategy geared towards guaranteeing the Group’s success is a challenge constantly tackled by Epta, which views leadership of its Team as its most important competitive lever. In fact, people are the pillars our future must be built upon. As a result, I am pleased to present to you the EptAcademy project, developed in conjunction with SDA Bocconi. The course will boost the skills of the Team as key elements that will allow us to reach our ambitious growth targets.

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Numeri Primi will be opening a “temple of gastronomy and fine dining” with its new store in the centre of Bari, and has called upon Epta for the fit-out of the fresh food area. This will be an innovative concept, created to safeguard the authentic values of tradition and quality and a place where shopping will offer an opportunity to immerse customers in a process involving all the senses, from sight to taste. This format is reflected perfectly in Epta’s strategic approach, which aims to promote a superior customer experience thanks to bespoke visual merchandising solutions for every Store.

These include the remote Granvista Costan positive vertical cabinets and the  compact Valzer plug-ins, that were chosen for packaged fresh products: full-height glass doors that enhance the local products and are respectful of the environment. sustainability is one of the main strengths of Numeri Primi, as confirmed by the choice of these glass cabinets and particularly GranVista, that is certified by Eurovent, as a guarantee of the highest performance levels even for energy-saving.

Numeri Primi also aims to underline the importance of tradition by promoting a direct interaction between the highly experienced staff and its gourmet customers. In this regard, the Rossini cabinet proved ideal for bringing staff and consumers closer to one another in the serve-over area. The personalisation of the front panel in white ash block-board contributes to highlighting the wholesomeness and freshness of the finest cuts of meats and the generous selection of cheeses.

Finally, to guarantee for its customers an unrivalled service, Numeri Primi has also chosen to use the assistance offered by the specialist brand Epta Service.


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For the first Oasi  Store in Perugia, the Gabrielli Group has overcome two challenges: to offer the city a sustainable point of sale, as well as a welcoming and familiar place, which has always been a priority for the Brand.

The project was accomplished in collaboration with the Epta Group, which contributed towards outfitting the fourth Oasi store in energy class A, thanks to the innovative FTE – Full Transcritical Efficiency system, and the solutions of its Costan brand, with unique design and performance.

The true star of the green revolution is the new transcritical CO2 FTE, connected to an Eco2Small plant. The store is actually one of the first in the world in which the Epta Group installed this system, which in a simple way ensures energy savings of 10% and a reduction in installation and maintenance cost of 20%, compared with traditional booster solutions.

The exclusive Epta Telemonitoring Service completes an assortment of cabinets, from the closed vertical GranVista units for fresh produce to the Elephant UP frozen food counters that avoid dispersal of the cold air and reduce energy consumption, This service allows the constant monitoring of consumption and the adjustment of the operating parameters to real environmental conditions.

Respect for the market and for the community also entails paying the utmost attention to the needs of consumers, which is confirmed by the wide range of products available: 14,000 items, of which 9,000 food, including local, bio, vegan, gluten free... Also worthy of note is the assisted service department, furnished with traditional Rossini Design cabinets, for consumers who like to be advised by experienced operators on the specialities on offer in the Delicatessen, Butchery & Cold Meats and Cheese departments.

Costan solutions have been chosen as a guarantee of better shelf life in produce, helping to reduce food waste. This is a new initiative for the Epta Group aimed at promoting the Zero Waste philosophy, in line with the principles of the food surplus recovery programme agreed between the superstore and the Food Bank.

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