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Conversation Continues at E360 Forum in Anaheim

Rajan Rajendran at the E360 Forum

Emerson Climate Technologies recently held its most recent E360 Forum in Anaheim, Calif. More than 100 participants were in attendance for a day filled with two keynote addresses and eight breakout sessions. Taking place one day prior to the start of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) show, the event attracted both foodservice and food retail professionals seeking insights into the dynamic regulatory landscape and the many refrigeration challenges we face today.

Launched as part of our E360 initiative, E360 Forums were designed to give industry constituents a means to participate in discussions that are shaping the future of commercial refrigeration and refrigerated system design. If you weren’t able to attend our Anaheim event, here’s a brief summary of what took place.

  • Doug Fryett, president of Fryett Consulting Group, began the day with a keynote address that examined current macro and operational trends impacting the global foodservice industry. He explained how increased government oversight, concerns over food safety, sustainability and energy costs, and the ever-increasing speed of technology are among the primary forces driving the industry.
  • Emerson’s expert on refrigerants, Dr. Rajan Rajendran, provided an update on the EPA’s imminent 2015 ruling to limit the use of high GWP refrigerants. He shed light on the EPA’s SNAP proposal to delist commonly used refrigerants and explored the potential of likely natural and synthetic alternatives.
  • John Wallace, Emerson’s director of innovation, moderated a discussion on how electronics are transforming equipment diagnostics in food retail. He explained how embedded electronics in on-site equipment connect with software and services to improve diagnostics and asset management and enable remote visibility and performance analysis across the enterprise.
  • InSinkErator’s Michael Keleman and Matt Whitener demonstrated how food waste disposers are being transformed into environmental tools to preserve public health and promote sustainability. They introduced the concept of an organic food waste recycling system and explained how it could eliminate common food waste management issues while reducing environmental impacts.

As intended, the E360 Forum promoted an open exchange of information between moderators and attendees. The day concluded with a networking reception that provided additional opportunities to chat with presenters and connect with peers. With so many questions ahead of us and the NAFEM show on the horizon, there was no shortage of conversations.

We’re currently planning our next E360 Forum, which will take place in the third quarter of this year. By that time, we expect the EPA to have announced its final rule on refrigerants and have a clearer picture of the regulatory future. It’s evident that as we navigate a path forward for commercial refrigeration in foodservice and food retail, we’ll all need to work together and participate in this larger industry dialogue.

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