This week, PepsiCo reported on its second quarter numbers and its conference call detailed its plans to prepare for a tough second half to the year. Elsewhere Hostess Brands' owners insisted they were not looking for an IPO or a sale at present.

"Number one … we are certainly facing more of an uphill for growth in the back half of the growth. Number two … commodities are more of a headwind in the back half of the year than they were in the first half of the year. And number three, certainly based on what we are seeing in the news these days, the world remains a very volatile place" – PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston surveys the outlook for the company.

"At this time it is premature to consider either alternative. Hostess has experienced a tremendous turn around in the past two years and we are excited to continue to build upon the strong growth of these iconic American brands" – a spokesperson for Hostess Brands owner C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. said it and fellow investor Apollo Global Management have "received proposals" for a sale and an IPO but is not considering either alternative at present.

"Existing laws regarding food adulteration are incapable of punishing the offenders who contribute to the menace of rising food adulteration by their wrongful acts and also the existing laws and guidelines are insufficient to control the problem of adulteration of food" – The Supreme Court of India has insisted that federal and state food regulators need to be tougher on food adulteration.

"For years, despite repeated warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USDA, Foster Farms refused to recall or even warn the public about its contaminated chicken while that chicken was poisoning hundreds of consumers. This litigation will examine those decisions and hold Foster Farms accountable for its egregious behaviour" – a lawsuit against Foster Farms alleges it knowingly sold salmonella tainted chicken "for years" ignoring health warnings from health officials.

"We are already seeing the consequences of climate change. Food production will come under increased pressure in the future. This is why Europe’s food and drink manufacturers are actively working to try to mitigate and adapt to climate change" – Pascal Gréverath, assistant VP of environmental sustainability at Nestle and chair of FoodDrinkEurope’s environmental sustainability committee comments as FoodDrinkEurope call on governments to reach an "ambitious agreement" on climate change.

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