Coca-Cola invests £39m in automating UK facility The investment by Coca-Cola European Partners is aimed at improving automation and boosting capacity at its Sidcup storage facility. Last year the facility's can capacity was doubled after a £16.6m investment in a new production line. Read more.

Unilever hails ‘biggest laundry breakthrough in a decade’ with new product launch The FMCG group is this week launching Persil Powergems, a new kind of detergent that is neither powder nor liquid, but instead comprises a new crystal formulation. The project represents an €18m investment in research, development and marketing. Read more.

Halewood Wines & Spirits invests in Sadler’s Ales Halewood is now the majority shareholder of Sadler's Ales, but the brewery will continue to operate independently and current MD Chris Sadler will remain in his role. Halewood said the deal was a "natural fit" with its portfolio. Read more.

Diageo acquires George Clooney-backed tequila company Casamigos for $1bn Diageo is buying the business for $700m, with an extra $300m dependent on the brand's performance over the next decade. George Clooney founded the company with Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. Read more.

Nestlé USA launches new startup accelerator programme The food group is partnering with Rabobank and RocketSpace on the scheme, which will see 20 startups being supported over the duration of two six-month programmes. The news comes after Nestlé acquired a minority stake in meal delivery startup Freshly. Read more.

Ford to move US production of new Focus car to China The move comes in spite of pressure from President Trump to keep manufacturing jobs in the US. The company, which currently makes Focus cars in Michigan, Germany and China, said the decision would not lead to redundancies in the US. Read more.