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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

Six food majors are working on unified nutrition labelsWhy finding harmony on nutritional labelling no easy task - analysis 6 April 2017

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and public health professionals. The launch of a coalition of multinational food and beverage companies aimed at fostering a harmonised approach across Europe, Ben Cooper writes, promises more of the same.


WCF president Scobey: Upping farmer productivity means less need to encroach on forestlandWhat could the chocolate industry's plan to end deforestation look like? - analysis 23 March 2017

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Ben Cooper speaks to industry and campaign representatives to set out what that plan could look like.


Food giants aim for fresh start for food systems - analysis 16 March 2017

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, reducing waste and supporting "adjustments" in food production methods to promote "healthy and sustainable diets". Ben Cooper looks at the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (Fresh) programme, which has initially been backed by 25 companies.


Fairtrade now Why Fairtrade can still be watchful partner for food companies 13 March 2017

Mondelez International's decision to change the way it works with Fairtrade sparked questions about the future of the ethical certification. just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper argues Fairtrade still has a role to play for food companies looking to source more sustainably.


Gidney "Fairtrade is all about change" - Fairtrade Foundation chief executive Michael Gidney on new partnership with Mondelez International 9 March 2017

As the annual Fairtrade Fortnight promotional period continues in the UK, Ben Cooper spoke with Michael Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, about the new partnership it has struck with Mondelez International and the future for Fairtrade collaboration with major food companies.


May's 12-point plan includes leaving EU Single MarketBrexit - UK 12-point plan leaves hard road ahead for food companies 2 February 2017

The UK government has now provided a clearer idea of its objectives for the Brexit negotiations. Ben Cooper looks at where Theresa May’s "12-point plan" leaves food companies within the UK and beyond its borders.


Trump's executive orders have taken in TPP, energy and immigrationUS food industry hesitant amid Trump's dizzying pace - comment 31 January 2017

Donald Trump's first 11 days in the White House has seen a series of executive orders and, while some have provoked a storm of global headlines, the US food industry is trying to digest what impact the new President could have on the sector. As Ben Cooper writes, so far, the US food industry has been reluctant to comment but that may soon have to change.


Mexico's food security could be threatened by Trump election, consumer advocates argueThe food market in 2017 - the food policy hotspots in Latin America, Asia and Australia 25 January 2017

In part two of his survey of the food policy areas to watch worldwide in 2017, just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper runs the rule over the likely developments in Latin America, Asia and Australia this year.


May said UK would look for new The food market in 2017 – food policy hotspots in the UK, EU and US 22 January 2017

Following the seismic political shocks of 2016, the food sector has much to ponder as the new year gets underway. just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper sets out the food policy areas to watch in the UK, the EU and the US in 2017.


Mondelez believes Cocoa Life has credibility to be centre of drive to sustainable cocoa chainMondelez moves beyond certification but still wants Fairtrade by its side - analysis 24 November 2016

Seven years ago, Cadbury announced one of the more notable sustainability initiatives of recent times when it teamed up with Fairtrade on cocoa certification. This month, the UK chocolate maker's owner. Mondelez International, outlined changes to the way it would work with Fairtrade. Ben Cooper reports.


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