Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), the soft drinks company, has announced a £50m investment at three of its manufacturing sites in the UK. Around £30m is being invested in a new automated warehouse in Wakefield to increase capacity by 102% and ensure that products manufactured there are delivered to customers directly rather than via external warehouses. The £15m investment at its Sidcup site is set to boost production by an extra 20m cases per year. And the £5.4m spend at its East Kilbride site will see the introduction of a new energy-efficient bottling facility and a new packaging machine to remove the use of cardboard in packaging of multi-pack products. Simon Baldry, managing director of CCE in Britain, said: “We are committed to manufacturing in this country and are proud that 95% of what we sell is made in Great Britain. The £50m investment is crucial to developing our business in line with our fundamental objective to grow more, while minimising our impact on the environment.” The investment has been welcomed by Business Secretary Vince Cable. His department is running a two-week long showcase of the importance of food and drink manufacturing to the UK economy. Cable said: “Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing some £20bn to the economy every year which is 15% of our total manufacturing output. This investment is a major signal of confidence in the British economy.”

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