Scottish workers at spirits giant Diageo have confirmed plans to strike this month after pay talks collapsed.

Unions said workers at bottling, maturing and distillery operations are to start more than a week of strike action.

Last month, members of the GMB and Unite unions voted to support strike actions.

Union members at the Johnnie Walker and Gordon's maker rejected a 2.8% annual pay increase.

The union has announced plans to start a rolling programme of strike action from September 17-27.

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The announcement comes after final talks with the FTSE 100 firm collapsed at the weekend.

It comes at a time when Diageo is ploughing large funds into a flagship Johnnie Walker visitor attraction in Edinburgh, as part of a £150 million investment in Scottish Whisky tourism.

GMB Scotland organiser Keir Greenaway said: "Diageo must get real on pay or they will be hit with a sustained wave of strike action affecting many of their most profitable brands."

A Diageo spokeswoman said: "We have well developed contingency plans in the event of industrial action.

"We are a very good employer and remain committed to seeking a resolution and ensuring our employees receive an increase on their pay, alongside maintaining the competitiveness of our operations."

Greencore has snapped up Lincolnshire-based convenience food manufacturer Freshtime in a £56 million deal.

Greencore, which supplies supermarkets with own-label sandwiches and other products, said it secured the deal for the ready-to-eat salad and chilled snack business as part of plans to extend its range.

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In 2018, Freshtime reported £66 million in revenues as well as pre-tax profits of £5.6 million.

The deal will be funded from existing debt facilities and comes less than a year after Greencore sold its US operations for more than $1 billion.

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney said Freshtime is "an excellent strategic fit" and will also help to add capacity to Greencore's manufacturing network. Shares in Greencore were up 0.76% at 211.5p.

Lego said its revenue was up 4% in the first half of 2019 but significant investments to create long-term growth led to a 12% drop in net profit.

The privately-held Danish company reported first-half revenue of 14.8 billion kroner (£1.81 billion), while net profit dropped to 2.7 billion kroner (£330 million).

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Lego CEO Niels B Christiansen said the group was "satisfied with our performance given the transformative shifts which continue to reshape the global toy industry".

Mr Christiansen said that the investments were meant to grow, open new markets in China and India and develop online sales platforms, among other things.