US: A long-running sex discrimination case against Walmart reached the Supreme Court this week. The retail giant hopes to stop up to 1.5 million female workers from going ahead with what would be the largest discrimination case in US history. The company said it was "working hard every day to ensure more women are represented in our management ranks".

Bacardi USA has won a court ruling against Pernod Ricard over the right to use the name Havana Club. The Court of Appeal ruled that the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control was right to block a Cuban state-owned group from renewing its trademark for Havana Club.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford is the face of PepsiCo's new zero-calorie enhanced water Propel Zero. The drink targets active men and women who want to "replenish, energise and protect their bodies". Crawford is starring in a TV ad with the strapline 'Get More From Your Zero'. "Crawford embodies the active lifestyle while caring for her family, running several successful businesses and staying fit," said Esperanza Teasdale, Propel Zero's senior director of marketing.

FRANCE: More than 170 jobs are under threat at a production plant in Beauvais after Nestlé France confirmed plans to reduce production of its Maggi ready meals brand. Three out of five production lines are to be axed. Ice cream production lines at the site are unaffected.

NEW ZEALAND: Coca-Cola Amatil is to build a state of the art $15m bottling plant at its Woolston site in Christchurch. The new facility will manufacture drinks for the entire south island and some of the north island. The Woolston plant was significantly damaged in last month's earthquake and structural repair work is already underway.

CANADA: Walmart Canada is to open three new supercentres in Québec, selling a full range of fresh foods as well as general merchandise. Walmart Canada has 325 stores, including 128 supercentres. It plans to increase that number by 36 throughout this year.