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Epta UK, part of the Epta Group, have been awarded Refrigeration Contractor of the Year 2018 by Mitchells and Butler PLC, recognition for the dedication and effort from the teams across Epta Service and Sales & Projects. Epta were shortlisted for the award and chosen by directors across M&B for the effective account management and service delivery. Phil Rowe, Area Building Manager for M&B presented the award to the teams based in Epta UK’s southern premises in Ringwood, Hampshire.

From improving back-office work flows to dedicated training videos for engineers, the knowledge, teamwork and efficiency shown across the business in delivering this successful account are a shining example of the customer service and refrigeration expertise cultivated in Epta UK. Pro-active account management and service delivery are at the heart of this award and the way Epta UK strive for excellence.

M&B were also impressed with how Epta worked with the M&B Building & Estate Teams to promote the Epta name and other works the company can offer above and beyond the contracted estate.

“All of the teams that work on this account are delighted at receiving recognition for their efforts to drive the effectiveness of this partnership forward and improve the service we deliver to our customers” – Louise Metcalfe, Key Account Manager Epta UK.

Epta UK have historically provided commercial refrigeration solutions for the grocery-retail sector however since the acquisition of Cold Service in 2014 the company is increasingly involved within the Food Service sector.

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From 12 to 14 February a rich programme awaits you at the 2019 edition of the Ice Cream and Gelato Expo, for the second time featuring solutions from Iarp at the Epta UK stand (no. 37). The Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate will be the setting for this event, which will host suppliers, dealers, catering operators and craftspeople from the ice cream industry.


The event will be an opportunity for Epta UK to present solutions dedicated to the Food&Beverage segment and Ho.Re.Ca., such as the Glee, Delight, and Vic Creamy plug-in units and the New York vending. These products deliver a high degree of customizability thanks to digital printing, to meet the demand for versatility and flexibility of display in every environment. The Glee vertical cabinet and the Delight scooping unit from the Iarp Cool Emotions range stand out for their innovative capacity, flexibility, reliability and aesthetics, characterized by blue LED lights on the external profiles enhancing the family feeling of the collection.


The star of the show is the New York vending machine for the sale of ice cream cones, tubs and lollies. The great display, choice of the LEDs, luminous keypad and the touch display are strengths of the vending machine dedicated, meticulously designed to stimulate impulse buying.


Lastly, special mention goes to Vic Creamy, the plug-in unit for scooping ice cream with 5/6 or 8 flavours configuration and a sneeze guard. This solution allows the temperature to be monitored and adjusted with a high-precision electronic controller.

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Epta UK participates in the Foodservice and Professional Kitchen Show presenting the Iarp range and other smart solutions for the Ho.Re.Ca. world. The show, scheduled to take place at the Birmingham NEC on 22 and 23 January, is an important opportunity to network and meet buyers in search of high quality equipment for professional kitchens.  

The Epta UK stand (n°. 408) will feature the New York vending machine dedicated to the sale of packaged ice cream and the Glee plug-ins for ice cream or beverages. The solutions set themselves apart for their unique design, which feature clean lines and maximum personalisation, thanks to the digital print directly on the sheet metal. An unmistakable style, which associates straight glass doors and total transparency with LED lighting. A further strong point of the Iarp solutions is the guarantee of superior performance and reduced consumption, thanks to the use of propane R290. Finally, the stand will also present a selection of rear cabinets in stainless steel to complete the range for the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food & Beverage world.

Foodservice Show will also provide entertainment thanks to Salon Culinaire, the UK’s most prestigious cooking competition, which sees 300 major Chefs battle it out armed with creativity and gourmet ideas. Epta UK will be directly involved in the event: the kitchens will be equipped with Epta supplied plug-ins, including the Tango Next, ideal to enhance a vast range of fresh and frozen products in reduced spaces. Epta show the greatest respect for the environment with the use of natural refrigerant R290, whist the refrigeration technology ensures all products are stored at the optimum temperature to preserve quality. The all-glass doors also guarantee total visibility of the products.

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Thanks to the work of Epta UK, Epta group is among the winners of the UK-Italy Business Boost Awards, established by the British Consulate General of Milan and by the Department for International Trade (DIT). The prize pays tribute to outstanding Italian entrepreneurial activities that have chosen the UK as a strategic base for their international development and celebrates the success of British companies established in Italy.

The event, in its 12th edition, was held on 29 November at Palazzo Mezzanotte, situated in Piazza Affari. The gala evening was organised in association with the Italian Stock Exchange – London Stock Exchange Group and ELITE. Illustrious guests attended, including the British Ambassador in Italy and San Marino, Jill Morris, the City of London Council Deputy Leader, Tom Sleigh, the CEO of the Italian Stock Exchange, Raffaele Jerusalmi and the British Minister for Investments, Graham Stuart.

“We are proud of this success, which is the result of the passion and teamwork of our 400 collaborators in the United Kingdom” comments Luca Lastella, General Manager UK and Nordic Countries Epta, who received the crystal flame from the British Ambassador in Italy and San Marino, Jill Morris  “An award achieved in the year that celebrates our 90 years in commercial refrigeration in the UK. We have boosted investments in the production centre of Bradford and this has allowed us to consolidate ourselves as the ideal partner in Great Britain for refrigeration in the Retail sector. Furthermore, thanks to the acquisition of Cold Service, we are now able to offer a complete service nationwide proposing tailor made solutions and all-round assistance, in contracting and in after-sales service. We also boast a permanent training centre, a benchmark in Europe in the natural and sustainable refrigeration sector.”

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On Wednesday the 26th September Epta colleagues attended the RAC Cooling Awards at the Hilton Park Row in London, one of the biggest annual industry events.

The prestigious award evening saw many successes. Epta Group were nominated for "Refrigeration Innovation of the Year" award with the Epta Blue CO2 Water Loop system, a technical solution developed to meet the need of smaller stores as well as seeing Sam Capp up for Student Of The Year Award.

Epta co-sponsored the Student of the Year 2018 award; encouraging new people into the industry, as well as ensuring consistent support and training, are central to Epta's values. 

The biggest celebration of the evening was when John Austin Davies, Group Marketing Project Director Epta, accepted the RAC Gold Award for service to the industry. John has contributed so much over the years to the development of refrigeration and promoting the industry and is a character recognised throughout the refrigeration world. John attended the awards with fellow colleagues to mark the end of his 38 year tenure at Epta as he goes into retirement at the end of September.

John was described as "Having a seemingly endless technical knowledge" and a visionary who is a "true believer in the Cooling Industry".

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Epta UK are proud to work with the Co-op to support one of their named charities, DangerPoint, in refurbishing their current "shop" area to improve the experience for visitors. 

DangerPoint is an award winning interactive visitor centre on the North Wales Coast, it offers visitors the opportunity to learn about safety, but not in the way you might think… The centre is full of fun and interactive activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the visit. Designed like a film set, visitors journey from home to the beach; countryside, playground, farm and other settings all the while learning about potential dangers and risks. DangerPoint offers a safe environment where visitors can learn about risks and how to keep safe whilst, most importantly, having fun!

The aim of the project was to provide a Co-op store, that is non-trading; but will provide a key area for students to learn about

"Epta UK are delighted to have assisted delivering the refurbished shop at DangerPoint, Prestatyn; an extremely worthwhile community project." Chris Sunderland

Chris Sunderland, Co-op Deputy Account Manager, worked closely with Co-op to ensure the store environment looked authentic, by donating a chiller and freezer for the children to "shop". Epta UK delivered and installed the cabinets, helping create the Co-op look.
The new area launched on the 1st August 2018, a successful event that saw everyone who attended extremely impressed with the transformation. 

The Co-op  the time and effort invested in delivering the new DangerPoint Co-op shop. There is now a plaque featuring the Epta logo, alongside other participants’, outside the store as a thank you for participating in the project.                                                                      

“It was an absolute pleasure to be able to assist the Co-op in providing an authentic and familiar environment at Dangerpoint Visitor Centre where students can safely learn. Community engagement is a high priority within the Epta Group and the results on display at the Visitor Centre, in collaboration with other key partners, are testament to this.”

– Geoff Mills, Commercial Director Epta UK

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On Thursday 12th July Epta UK attended The Co-op Construction Awards, a dinner held each year by The Co-op to celebrate the teamwork and achievements of its partners and suppliers on the store construction side of the business.

Epta UK were very proud to accept the prestigious "Direct Supplier of the Year" Award as well as receiving a nomination for the Innovation of the Year award.

This is the fourth time that Epta UK have been named "Direct Supplier of the Year", highlighting the consistency of the strong partnership with The Co-op.

Epta UK were recognized for the effort and professionalism delivered in not letting troubles affect the Co-op or their trade during a very challenging year. Epta UK provide the design, build and installation for a range of cabinets for The Co-op, including the Granvista Next chilled and GranBering frozen cabinets that have a uniform appearance, designed to guarantee a comfortable, appealing and engaging shopping experience.

Epta UK live up to the Group's vision of being "The preferred local partner for customized product and refrigeration system solutions. The ultimate technology and design for the unique store."

The nomination for the Innovation of the Year award was given for the overall program delivered by Epta UK, including their contribution to the design and development of the EC Plus stores and the highly efficient roll-in-milk case with doors. Epta as a Group prides itself on continuous innovation to provide the best experience to customers.

To retain the Award for “Direct Supplier of the Year” is a huge achievement. I couldn’t be more pleased and proud of the Team who clearly delivered a level of service and attention to detail, sometimes during challenging circumstances, to support the Co-op in their impressive growth and continued success. Everyone at Epta relishes the opportunity to retain this prestigious award once again!”  - Geoff Mills, Commercial Director.

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Between 16th and 18th May Epta will be celebrating its presence in the United Kingdom as well as its history in commercial refrigeration, which began 90 years ago in 1928 with the founding of George Barker. From cold rooms to the first serve-over cabinets, the company has succeeded in evolving and diversifying its offer to stay ahead of the market by producing solutions - including highly bespoke products - that combine design and technology. Over the years, since George Barker joined the new Epta Group in 1999, with the acquisition of Cold Service in 2014 and the creation of Epta UK in 2017, the company has consolidated its know-how and is now a leader in the United Kingdom in the design, installation and maintenance of complete Refrigeration and Air-conditioning systems for the Large-scale Retail, Ho.Re.Ca and Food & Beverage sectors.

Epta UK has over 400 employees and operates with a production plant in Bradford, and offices in Bradford and Ringwood. To complement  business activities and share the knowledge it has developed over the years in the production and installation of CO2 refrigeration systems, it opened the City & Guilds certified Epta CO2 Training Centre in Bradford that will also respond to the ever-increasing demand from the market for systems that use natural refrigerants.

As confirmation of its commitment to offering cutting-edge systems, Epta UK received an award at the prestigious RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2017 for its exclusive FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system. Other recent awards include the Direct Supplier of the Year 2017 from The Co-Operative Group - the U.K.’s largest co-operative - which demonstrates the results that have been achieved thanks to fruitful partnerships.

The celebrations for Epta’s 90th anniversary will take place over three event-filled days that will be an opportunity to remember the milestones of this story of successes, and illustrate the most recent innovations -  discussing future projects with Customers and everyone who has contributed to the success of Epta UK.

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During the course of the event, one particularly important moment will be the unveiling of the Showroom within the Bradford premises, that will be attended by Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group. The Showroom will be used to showcase new offerings from brands George Barker, Costan, Bonnet Névé, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp and will be used as a Conference Hall for presenting technological innovations and Epta Service, aside from a section dedicated to the Epta CO2 Training Centre.

These three days will also be an opportunity to further improve team spirit, through award ceremonies for employees celebrating 40 years working with the company, and promote the values the group has always embraced, such as solidarity: in this regard, Marco Nocivelli will be describing the various ventures promoted by Epta UK in support of Cancer Research UK, that will be presented with a cheque for £7,000.

The last of the three days will be an Open Day for Families and people from the city of Bradford who will be given the opportunity to visit the site and made to feel an integral part of a story that has been built on passion, dedication and teamwork.

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Epta will be taking part in the UK’s biggest Ice cream industry exhibition, The Ice Cream Expo, from 13 to 15 February at the Yorkshire Event Centre. Epta will present the new products by Iarp, created from the concept: #EptaExperience is the way for preserving Gelato Art. Unique Design and highly customisable for a truly peerless presentation: these are the distinctive traits of the Iarp solutions that will be presented during the event (Stand 44).

The Ice Cream Expo will be the opportunity to launch the new Iarp Cool Emotions Range plug-ins in the UK market. These plug-ins have a contemporary style and stand out for their squared edges, that are highlighted by the exclusive blue LED lighting. The Delight scooping plug-in is designed to emphasise a rich selection of ice-cream available by the scoop, while the Glee vertical cabinet offers a high level of transparency to attract the attention of consumers towards pre-packaged products and thus promote impulse buying.

On the stand, visitors will discover the chest freezer Fenice, which features large glass covers and lighting that make the ice creams and the brand names easier to recognise.

Iarp will also present the New York vending machine for ice-creams. It stands out for its extreme ergonomics, that improve customer interaction in the purchasing process, and a metropolitan and captivating design, with the profiles of the Big Apple’s skyscrapers on the sides.

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The FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system produced by Epta received the prestigious RAC Cooling Industry Award 2017 in the category of “Refrigeration Innovation – System and Standalone” and was highly commended for the international achievement of the FTE System. The RAC Cooling Industry Awards are a benchmark event for the cooling and air conditioning trade. They were established to reward businesses that have distinguished themselves on the market with their environmentally sustainable and innovative initiatives. The ceremony for the thirteenth edition was held on 27 September during a gala evening at London’s Hilton on Park Lane.

A preview presentation at of FTE was made at Euroshop. It is a 100% natural system capable of overcoming the current limitations of transcritical technology, and has been designed to be installed in any climate conditions. Simple, global, industrialised and reliable, it guarantees energy savings 10% higher than traditional booster systems, and installation and maintenance costs which are up to 20% lower. Thanks to the special characteristics of the FTE, Epta is now able to offer a new approach to natural cooling by turning CO2 into a sustainable technological standard within everyone’s reach.

Find out more about the FTE system. Watch the video now! 


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