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[New E360 Webinar] Evaluating Natural Refrigerant Choices for Small-Format and Foodservice

AllenWicher Allen Wicher | Director, Foodservice Marketing

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Join Us for our next E360 Webinar, Opportunities for Natural Refrigerants in Small-Format Applications on Tuesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

The growing list of eco-friendly refrigerant options is presenting small-format retail and foodservice operators with difficult decisions. With so many low global warming potential (GWP) options from which to choose — including a wide range of new synthetic blends and a few natural alternatives — these small grocers, convenience stores and restaurants are challenged with selecting a new refrigerant alternative that will serve as the basis for their short- and long-term refrigeration platforms. Behind this difficult decision is an active regulatory climate — one with numerous hurdles to clear in the next five years.

First, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a phase-out schedule for the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants with high GWP. Second, the Department of Energy (DOE) has established new energy consumption guidelines for specific classes of refrigeration equipment. The net result is a sea change to refrigeration architectures in these segments — one where natural refrigerants propane (or R-290) and CO2 (or R-744) will each play an increasingly vital role.

To make this decision even more complicated, these markets not only utilize the widest variety of equipment and system architectures, they are also faced with understanding new refrigerant requirements in each equipment class. With so many moving pieces, it’s easy to see why there’s an unusually high degree of confusion and uncertainty. Even so, many owner/operators will soon be tasked with selecting a new refrigeration platform. And with numerous EPA and DOE deadlines looming, these decisions must be made quickly.

Among the seemingly ever-expanding variety of refrigeration equipment from which to choose, natural refrigerant-based equipment offer the only true “future proof” options capable of taking current regulatory compliance concerns out of the equation. But questions remain about how these emerging systems compare to their HFC predecessors or newer synthetic refrigerant counterparts.

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Our next E360 Webinar will answer many of these questions. Co-presented by me and Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development, this informative session will explore the many considerations operators have when moving to natural refrigerant-based systems. Attendees will learn:

  • Evolution of natural systems from large- to small-format retail
  • Market dynamics driving an increase in urban small-format retail
  • Regulatory implications of R-290 and R-744
  • Cost, performance, safety and servicing impacts of natural systems
  • Equipment and system architectures that utilize natural refrigerants

So, if you are a small-format retail or foodservice operator seeking clarification about natural refrigerants, register now to join me and Andre Patenaude for this discussion on Tuesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

Implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act

JamesMitchell2 James Mitchell | Product Manager, ProAct Enterprise Software and Services, Retail Solutions
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. Its goal is to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.  I recently contributed to an article featured in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods discussing the new food safety regulations and best practices for safe food transportation. Highlights from the article are below.

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FSMA has increased the responsibility on collecting and utilizing data, especially product temperature, to ensure that food remains fresh and safe from farm to table. Record keeping is a key component for FDA compliance which means supply chain partners will need to keep accurate documentation to verify the integrity of their foods. Connected solutions are a way to store and analyze data throughout the cold chain process enabling more effective operations and food quality reporting.

Food processors can do their part to ensure food safety during the transportation phase of the cold chain. Below are five best practices to leverage with these regulations in mind:

  1. Establish pre-cooling processes when the container is connected to the cold storage unit.
  2. Ensure perishable products are loaded in a manner that allows airflow in the container.
  3. Develop and communicate proper transport temperatures
  4. Integrate temperature monitoring device and placement procedures.
  5. Check temperature data upon receipt at the distribution center.

As food processors work to comply with FSMA, integrated controls and remote monitoring can assist in addressing potential food safety issues before products leave a processing facility.

Read the full article in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods online here.

For more than 20 years, Emerson has been helping businesses like yours safeguard food, reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and optimize business results. To learn more about our technology solutions and services for retailers, visit our website.

 

Five Megatrends That Will Impact Retail and Foodservice

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | V.P. of Marketing , Retail Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

View our most recent E360 Webinar, “Retail and Foodservice 2025: The Future for Customers, Operators and Facilities.

Grocery retail and foodservice sectors are currently undergoing a significant transition in the way they conduct business. Driven by a digital revolution, rapidly changing consumer expectations and the demand for convenience at every touchpoint, operators are devising new strategies to stay competitive and keep customers engaged. While some of these changes are already in progress, others are just beginning to take shape.

To get a clearer view of the outlook for these dynamic markets, Emerson recently invited Zandi Brehmer, consulting practice manager of innovation for Euromonitor Consulting, to present insights from her research at our 22nd E360 Webinar. Brehmer’s presentation was rife with relevant information, particularly about how these developments will impact future retail store and restaurant design and infrastructure.

With that in mind, what follows are Brehmer’s top five megatrends in these markets.

  1. Digital shoppers. Today, three out of four households in the U.S. own a smartphone, accounting for 47 percent of purchases and a forecast for $1 trillion in sales by 2018. Retailers need to engage consumers through their mobile devices with options to order/pay, and potentially even mobile apps where opportunities exist to provide real value to customers.
  2. Focus on convenience. The urbanization of the U.S. population continues, with 83 percent of Americans living in urban centers, and 65 percent of global consumers are looking to simplify their lives. New business models — such as just-in-time delivery, click and collect, and basic replenishment — are emerging to provide convenience improvements and help consumers save time.
  3. New retail formats. The size of traditional U.S. grocery stores has continued to shrink over the past 10 years. With shoppers faced with ever-increasing options, new formats are challenged to be more thoughtful. At opposite ends of the spectrum are value- and premium-based outlets, while the mid-market retailers are taking a hit. Specialty small-format convenience stores will continue to emerge as “grocerants” blur the lines between retail and foodservice.
  4. Experiential retail. As product offerings become all too similar, it’s the shopping experiences that will differentiate one retailer from the next. In fact, 78 percent of U.S. millennials would rather spend money on a desirable experience than on goods, while 39 percent of global shoppers like to browse, even if they don’t need anything.
  5. Omnichannel proficiency. Retailers will need to provide a seamless way to facilitate sales anytime and anywhere for their consumers, including the methods discussed herein. Even online retailers are opening physical storefronts to round out omnichannel opportunities.

The conclusion: business as usual is no longer an option. Operators will likely need to overhaul their store layouts to meet the expectations of every type of customer via better segmentation of functional areas such as parking, checkout, order pick-up, dining area and kitchens.

To learn more, view this webinar in its entirety.

Latest E360 Forum Videos Available: Covering Emerging Trends

BobLabbett_Blog Bob Labbett | V.P., Communications & Channel Marketing, Refrigeration

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

WATCH session videos from the March E360 Forum in Raleigh, N.C.

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Emerson recently held its seventh E360 Forum. Held in Raleigh, N.C., it brought together OEMs, wholesalers, contractors, consultants and end users to continue the dialogue about the key issues facing the commercial refrigeration channel today. The day-long event featured multiple presentations by subject matter experts, and provided ample opportunities for attendees to share their biggest challenges and gain new insights.

True to the intent of the E360 program from its onset, this Forum continued a larger industry dialogue by seeking the perspectives of each industry sector. The following sessions are available via video:

Addressing the Challenges Facing the Refrigeration Industry — Don Newlon, vice president of refrigeration — marketing, kicked off the event with a summary of the regulatory activity that’s currently shaping the industry, including near-term deadlines and far-reaching impacts.

Making Sense of the Latest Rulemaking on Acceptable Refrigerants — Moderated by Dr. Rajan Rajendran, vice president of system innovation center and sustainability, this panel discussion featured representatives from leading chemical manufacturers who discussed the EPA regulations and new refrigerants being developed.

Cold Chain Evolution — Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing for retail solutions, discussed how food chain transparency and safety trends are requiring retailers to implement traceability measures from “farm to fork.”

Utilizing Digital Retrofits to Achieve Capacity Modulation Emerson’s Tim Uderman and Rob Southwood presented the benefits of capacity modulation — such as temperature precision and reduced compressor cycling — and demonstrated how digital compressors are being used to take advantage of these benefits in fixed capacity refrigeration racks.

CO2 Booster Systems From a Service Mechanic’s Perspective — Servicing a CO2 system requires technicians to become familiar with the refrigerant’s unique operating properties. Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development, discussed key servicing considerations and emerging CO2 architectures.

Achieving DOE Compliance in Commercial Refrigeration Equipment DOE energy mandates on walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-in systems and ice machines will impact the foodservice segment for years to come. Brian Buynacek, senior refrigeration engineer and marketing consultant, discussed what’s needed to achieve compliance in each equipment class.

New Refrigerants Designation and Safety Classifications While new A2L (mildly flammable) refrigerants bring the promise of “ultra-low” GWP levels, they also have unique performance characteristics and safety considerations. Stefanie Kopchick, North America marketing manager of refrigerants for the Chemours Company and Greg Relue, Emerson’s manager of regulatory compliance/product safety/product safety officer, compared class 2L refrigerants to other familiar gases and discussed the industry’s latest testing efforts to better understand how to safely use these products.

WATCH session videos from the March E360 Forum in Raleigh, N.C.

[New E360 Webinar] What’s on the Retail, Foodservice Horizons?

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | V.P. of Marketing, Retail Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Join Us for our next E360 Webinar, “Retail and Foodservice 2025: The Future for Customers, Operators and Facilities” on Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT.

If the last 10 years are any indication, food retail and foodservice markets are likely to experience dramatic changes in the next decade. From large supermarkets, emerging small-format grocers and convenience stores to fast food and trendy fast-casual restaurants, nearly every sector of this market can expect a continuing evolution.

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Driven by the desires to stay competitive and continually attract, retain — and even entertain — consumers, these retailers will undergo significant changes, particularly to their infrastructures and facility requirements. To successfully make this transition, operators of these grocery stores and restaurants will need to understand where the market is heading and begin thinking about the impacts to their operations.

For our next E360 Webinar, Emerson sought the expertise of global retail markets expert Euromonitor to present new research-based insights on the grocery, convenience, foodservice and mixed retail markets. Attendees will learn:

  • Major trends in the food retail and foodservice marketplaces
  • What changes to expect between now and 2025
  • How these changes will impact facility construction and infrastructure
  • Strategies for attracting and retaining customers

Beyond a discussion of major trends in the marketplace, Euromonitor will present a vision of how grocery retail and chained foodservice outlets are preparing to evolve and what they will look like in the future. Their presentation will be followed by a question and answer session to give attendees a chance to address their specific concerns.

If you are a food retail or foodservice operator looking for advice on how to stay competitive in the coming decade, you won’t want to miss this important Webinar. Register now to join Euromonitor for this timely discussion on Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 a.m. PDT.

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