FMI Energy to convene in refrigeration stronghold

By Michael Garry, Sep 20, 2018, 00:35 2 minute reading

The Energy & Store Development Conference will take place next week in Atlanta, home to many OEMs and component makers.

The Food Marketing Institute’s 2018 Energy & Store Development Conference, scheduled to run September 23-26, will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta – a part of the U.S. where many major refrigeration OEM and component manufacturers are located.

The conference will take advantage of that location by offering a facility tour on the last day at Bitzer’s newly enlarged reciprocating compressor plant in Flowery Branch, Ga., and Hussmann’s facility in Suwanee, Ga. There will also be a tour of a Kroger Marketplace store and The DeKalb Farmers Market, and an off-site social event at the World of Coca-Cola.

But before then, the conference will feature a wide range of educational sessions on refrigeration, energy, store design and industry trends along with a manufacturer-retailer exchange. The exchange will provide supermarket operators the opportunity to meet more than 100 suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction, and lighting systems.

In addition, at a breakfast on September 25, Tom Land, GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will present the annual GreenChill Achievement Recognition Awards. Categories include: best emissions rate, most improved emissions rate, distinguished partner, best certified store and store certification excellence.

General sessions will include:

  • Emerging Issues: a Blueprint for Food Retailing, with Mark Baum of the Food Marketing Institute.
  • Refrigeration Trends: Choosing and Designing the Right Refrigeration System, with Andre Patenaude of Emerson.
  • Regulatory Update on policy and regulations at the international, national and state levels, with Tim Anderson, Hussmann

The refrigeration sessions will include:

  • Lowering Refrigerant Leak Rates: Best Practices, with Tom Land of the EPA GreenChill Partnership, Jason Flanigan of Meijer and Wayne Rosa of Food Lion.
  • Refrigerated Displays: Maximizing Profits by Enhancing the Shopper Experience, with Robert Mullen, Hussmann and Dan O’Brien, Zero Zone.
  • Effective Installation of Doors on Refrigerated Cases, with Andrew Goldberg of RBS Ahold Delhaize and J.R. Cochran, Dover Food Retail.
  • Anti-Sweat Heater Controls: What Works, and What Works Best? Speakers include Ethan Bellavance and Ali White, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.
  • Effective Installation of Doors on Refrigerated Cases, with Andrew Goldberg of RBS Ahold Delhaize and J.R. Cochran, Dover Food Retail.

The energy sessions will include:

  • Leveraging Technology to Respond to Ever-Changing Utility Rates, with Rafik Sarhadian, Southern California Edison, and Gabe Schwartz, Stem.
  • Leveraging Energy Resiliency to Increase Electricity Savings and Future-Proof Your Store, with Lisa Laughner, Go Electric Inc.
  • Harnessing Building Systems Efficiencies through Commissioning and Recommissioning, with Frank Blake, Price Chopper/market 32 and Dustin Herner, Weis Markets
  • Energy Storage in the Cold Chain, with Amrit Robbins, Axiom Energy
  • Conditioning Today’s Supermarkets, with Jeff Ollis, SESCO.

For more information or to register, click here.

By Michael Garry

Sep 20, 2018, 00:35

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