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The FMI’s Energy & Store Development 2013 Experience

This year’s Energy & Store Development Conference was held at the Hilton Baltimore and was attended by more than 600 food industry professionals. 

Part of this event included concurrent breakout sessions that were divided into three major categories—Energy, Refrigeration and Store Development.   Among the topics discussed were store formats, energy-efficiency, refrigeration system types, refrigerants, the latest trends in building codes, regulations, and store designs and merchandising.

One of my Emerson Climate colleagues and I were privileged to be able to present during these breakouts.  I presented Refrigerants Update and John Wallace, director, Product Management, Retail Solutions, discussed The Evolution of Energy Management Systems.  Both John and I felt the sessions were well received and were very relevant topics to the industry. 

Overall it was a great event with plenty of ideas and fresh information to go around.  It was a good opportunity to see familiar and new faces and meet with the rest of the food retail industry. 

How about you?  Were you there at the meeting?  What did you find useful about the conference?

You can find a link to the presentations at,3.

Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering Services and Sustainability
Emerson Climate Technologies

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