HOST 2015, the professional hospitality show, held 23-27 October at Fiera Milano Rho, the same colossal location as the international EXPO 2015, made for a bustling event of some 150,000 visitors (and an interminably packed metro ride) including a record-breaking 2,004 exhibitors from 47 countries. While traditionally dominated by Italian manufacturers, this year HOST showcased 714 international companies, a 26% increase compared to 2013.
The introduction of natural refrigerants in Ho.Re.Ca. (hotel, restaurant and café) equipment, thanks to some smart thinking and seriously bright ideas, has turned a previously stagnant industry into a hot-bed of activity. Special signage, ECO branding, and energy labeling were at the forefront of equipment manufacturers’ exhibition booths.
For example, the hydrocarbon MaxiGlass bottle cooler by Gamko provides a 55% reduction in energy from the previous model using R134a, thanks to hydrocarbon refrigerant, and improved glass and fans.
While the products are 7% more expensive in initial price, the ECO-Line provides end users with a 65% savings, which in the Netherlands equates to about €400 per year. Over the 10-year lifetime of the product, you can earn the price of the entire system only through these savings,” commented Fredrik Breda, Bar Engineer Export.
Among one of the 400 scheduled events at the conference, HOST Smart Label awarded its virtual quality label for groundbreaking innovation, effectiveness and sustainability. The jury awarded 63 products with the SMART Label, of which Gram Commercial A/S, for its R600a Superior Plus K 72 CCG Refrigerator, and Zanotti Spa, for its R290 monoblock refrigerator, were among them.
Display Units: Epta, Iarp, AHT & Oscartielle
The EPTA Group dedicated their presence at HOST to a Foodcity exhibiton booth, featuring state-of-the-art commercial refrigeration solutions and display cabinets produced by brands Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp.
Iarp, the brand most recognised as a major supplier of in plug-in units for packaged ice cream, displayed examples of their customised products for RedBull, Nestle and Unilever. But front and centre was the REALOOK 45, an upright, plug-in, glass door cooler using R290, equipped with an integrated audio system and a 47” full HD video screen to play promotional videos.
AHT presented the new Kinley R290 overhanging freezer cabinet for supermarkets, which makes for an easily accessible and eye-level frozen food presentation. For wall or island display, the Paris chiller/ deep-freezing cabinet is a plug-in model offering a 25% energy savings through an electric speed-controlled compressor.
Oscartielle, a part of Arneg World, showcased a comprehensive line of energy efficient plug-in refrigeration islands, serving units, cabinets and vertical glass door refrigerators for the food and beverage industry- all using hydrocarbon refrigerant.
Compressors and Refrigeration Equipment: Dorin & Rivacold
At the heart of refrigeration equipment: the compressor. Italian leader Dorin exhibited select models of the popular CD Series of CO2 semi-hermetic compressors. Models CDB/CDM are suitable for application at PSs 100 bar and PS 150 bar, with displacement from 1.12 to 53.20 m³/h and engineered for systems with Tc greater than 22°C.
Rivacold, manufacturer of commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment, showcased its R290 condensing units and packages units for cold rooms, tables, counters and refrigerated cabinets; a R290/CO2 cascade system for low-temp applications, and copper tube heat exchangers using natural refrigerants.