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MGV Welcomes Scott Harrison to the Team

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Market Group Ventures Inc. (MGV Inc.) is very pleased to announce the addition of Scott Harrison to our North American Sales Team.

Scott brings 16 years of Sales experience in the HVACR Industry together with account management skills.   Having extensively travelled throughout the Southwest and Northwest in his previous position, Scott’s transition to managing the Western United States territory for MGV Inc is expected to be quite smooth.

We are excited to have Scott Harrison join our team and discover more about our products in retail merchandising solutions.  Furthermore, we are eager to work with Scott  as he further develops distribution in his territory and build on his knowledge and skills.

Fluent in English and French, we are certain Scott will be a definite asset to our North American Sales Team.

MGV, Inc. has supplied technology for the international retail food industry since 1975.

The Grocer’s Tab: Surviving the Changing Economy

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Slowdowns in today’s economy have drawn attention to the need for making our use of energy more efficient, using energy more wisely and conserving energy wherever possible. This transcends to the retail industry where the streamlining of food storage and display methods plays a key role in achieving exactly this.

You may already have gone green with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and have your entire store operation and merchandise housed in an energy efficient building. The new energy efficient appliances are humming quietly, and you are saving money from having installed energy efficient windows and well sealed doors. And you may want to reduce your consumption of energy even more. If you have not been able to move to LEED store design or just not upgraded your store design in recent years with new equipment, what do you do? You still feel the need to make cost effective improvements and effectively reduce energy waste at the store level. What can you do? Even more, what can you afford?

The worldwide food distribution industry is facing economic pressure to cut energy costs. You may already be feeling the pressure to analyze your own store. The first question you need to ask yourself is:
Are you refrigerating the aisles with inefficient coolers that stay open to consumers during the day and just keep on running overnight?
Are your compressors working overtime?
Storage of fresh produce without refrigeration is not an option for most supermarkets and fresh food outlets. If your supermarket or retail food store has open display coolers, you are paying a lot to refrigerate the valuable contents 24 hours a day, using up a major proportion of your grocery store’s operating expenses to refrigerate perishable produce and fresh foods for optimal freshness and shelf life. There is a cost to keeping fresh food items in uncovered cabinets for easy visibility and better access for consumers, and it comes at the expense of your refrigeration bill and level of product discard. Ambient heat that constantly seeps into the coolers from the aisle challenges the cooling equipment to work overtime and can compromise the quality of your refrigerated and perishable goods.

Sometimes a simple cost-effective change is not so obvious but can significantly improve the efficiency of refrigerated coolers and reduce your operating costs. By installing Econofrost night curtains, you can save up to half your overnight refrigeration costs while your store is closed. You simply pull down the energy efficient, durable thermal barrier over the coolers while the store is closed, reducing the overall expenditure of energy needed to keep the refrigeration units operating. The refrigeration system runs more efficiently and there is less stress on the compressor. The product inside the cooler retains the cooler temperatures for a longer period (even when the night covers are up) and your customers benefit from warmer more comfortable store aisles.

Benefits of Installing Econofrost Night Curtains
Join the many food retailers who are discovering that Econofrost night curtains are a trouble-free and durable investment for supermarkets and food stores. Econofrost allows refrigerated food displays to be chilled properly overnight. The beneficial effects of proper nighttime cooling can last well into the daytime hours—up to 15 hours after the store opens.

Econofrost night covers help reduce running time of your supermarket’s heating and air conditioning units monitor energy consumed by the refrigerator compressors, equipment maintenance  overall refrigeration costs. loss of valuable refrigerated air, costs of heating the store, food spoilage and shortened shelf life.

Return on Investment in Today’s Economy
Econofrost heat reflective night curtains help protect your refrigeration systems and save 37% to 50% of refrigeration and heating costs during the hours when your supermarket is closed. Commercial refrigeration compressors and store heating systems typically turn on less frequently and for shorter periods, operate more efficiently, and require less energy.

Econofrost thermal barriers typically pay for themselves over periods of three to18 months, depending on local energy costs, how long the store is closed at night, the efficiency of your commercial refrigeration equipment, and the retail store environment. Payback periods can be calculated from savings in energy, the significantly reduced damage to perishable goods, and less shrinkage of fresh produce and trim required. The most noticeable and quickest payback comes from extended shelf life and increased product integrity. Valuable merchandise that was once exposed to heat and UV radiation during the supermarket’s closed hours are now protected and can be sold safely to the consumer.

Econofrost thermal blinds can be customized and easily installed in existing refrigerated supermarket merchandisers and are available on new equipment from most refrigerated display equipment manufacturers including Tyler/Carrier, Hill Phoenix, Hussmann, Master-Bilt, Barker, and Southern Stores Fixtures

Econofrost has been serving the supermarket industry since 1975 and has made over 250,000 thermal shield installations in nearly 30 countries.

Market Group Ventures, Inc, the parent corporation for Econofrost and Promolux Lighting International, is a world leader in providing retail technology solutions for merchandisers. Request more information today.

Southern California based Stater Bros Markets retro-fits Econofrost night covers Chain wide.

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California, San Bernardino based Stater Bros markets has recently completed a retro-fit installation of Econofrost woven aluminum heat reflective night covers onto all of their open refrigerated display cases in all 165 stores. A 36% reduction in energy consumption per hour the covers are used and a significant improvement in perishable product appearance and reduction in shrink are key reasons behind the initiative but even more important “Stater Bros are committed to serving their community. Saving energy is an important part of that commitment”. Unprecedented growth in residential and commercial development throughout

Southern California’s inland empire has continued to tax an already strained electricity distribution grid. That combined with energy prices which show no sign of stabilizing or lowering, pushed Stater Bros management to consider many different solutions for controlling costs and reducing risk. They found Econofrost night covers gave them the “bang for their buck” they needed. Energy savings of 36% per hour used along with a rapid response capability to protecting perishable product in the event of a power interruption or brown out made economic sense to Stater Bros management team. However, during the course of extensive testing, additional benefits were uncovered that even further justified the investment…“significantly reduced shrink and discard in perishable departments and such dramatically improved product appearance and integrity”… EconoFrost night covers were an obvious choice. With a variety of brands of night covers available, the management team at Stater Bros had to consider which product would provide them the greatest performance and value along with the least number of maintenance “headaches” while also achieving their expectations for savings. To do this they launched a program of in-store testing that compared price, performance, service and aesthetics of a number of brands, including Econofrost.

Although Econofrost night covers were considerably more expensive than other brands tested they were found to be more robust, delivered the greatest performance and ease of use and had a much longer serviceable life. Their cost, it was felt, could be amortized over a much longer period of time than other brands, “meaning a much better ROI”. As a partner in their community, Stater Bros Markets are doing their part to conserve energy while contributing in a very significant way to their own “bottom line”. A real win-win for everyone!


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