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Ben Cooper

Ben CooperBiography

Ben Cooper is just-food's contributing editor and specialises in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, policy issues and sustainability. He holds MAs from Cambridge University and the University of London, respectively in Social and Political Sciences and Social Policy.

He joined the just-drinks editorial team in 2000 and today works across both just-drinks and just-food, while also writing occasionally for just-style.

In addition to his regular features, Ben has written numerous in-depth management briefings on issues such as alcohol policy, sponsorship, the Fairtrade market, the use of food colourings and environmental issues facing the clothing industry.

He also writes regularly for Ethical Corporation magazine which specialises in the corporate social responsibility field.

He lives in London where he also works as a professional singer.

Articles by Ben Cooper

How new food waste standard will help monitor progress - analysis 22 June 2016

The launch of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard has been described by its founding partner as a "breakthrough" in the fight against food waste. Ben Cooper assesses how it will support both food companies’ efforts to reduce waste and public-private initiatives with the same aim.


FDA opens consultation on salt reduction targetsDebate rages as US moves towards salt reduction 7 June 2016

The US government has announced plans to cut the country's salt intake, a move some in campaign circles have been urging for nearly 40 years. The Food and Drug Administration's voluntary targets attracted support from NGOs and parts of the industry, although, as Ben Cooper writes, the reaction was not entirely positive.


RTRS-certified soy continues to rise but drop in ocean compared to total outputRound Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.


The UK proposals cover non-broadcast media such as online advertisingUK advertising consultation is credibility test for self-regulation 17 May 2016

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has launched a public consultation on new self-regulatory rules governing the advertising of food and drink to children through non-broadcast media. The extent to which non-industry views are reflected in the eventual rules, Ben Cooper writes, will have a direct bearing on their credibility.


There are increasing expectations placed on companies over issues such as working conditionsHow companies' responsibilities for supply chain workers are widening 11 May 2016

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working conditions, wages, safety and workers’ rights in their agricultural supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.


Oxfam's report scored companies on female workersHow Oxfam rates food majors on worker issues in their supply chains - and how the companies reacted 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


Calls for sugar reduction and demand for clean labels could be Sugar reduction and clean label - the possible collision on the horizon 26 April 2016

Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by increasing consumer demand for "clean labels"? Ben Cooper investigates.


Food and drinks sector may have less reason to worry about prospect of Are consumers getting tired of consuming? 26 April 2016

Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observations by the head of sustainability at Ikea, signify slowing demand for consumer goods.


Smucker shutters two facilitiesJM Smucker to close two California units 26 April 2016

US spreads-to-coffee group JM Smucker has confirmed that it plans to shut down two facilities in Livermore, California. 


Plenish is launching a cashew-based dairy-free drinkPlenish launches cashew-based dairy-free drink 26 April 2016

UK juice specialist Plenish is launching a non-dairy beverage made from cashews which will be branded as Plenish Organic Cashew M*lk.


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