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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

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.

Vinamilk has reported a rise in first quarter profitsVinamilk posts 38% rise in Q1 pre-tax profits 25 April 2016

Vinamilk, Vietnam’s largest dairy producer, has reported a 37.9% rise in first-quarter pre-tax profits to VND2.63trn (US$118m).

Arla Foods has launched Lurpak Spreadable InfusionsArla Foods launches Lurpak Spreadable Infusions 25 April 2016

Arla Foods has launched Lurpak Spreadable Infusions, a range of flavoured spreadables under the Lurpak brand, in the UK.

Ros Agro will use the funds raised from a share offering to support investment projects including a pig breeding facilityRos Agro to issues shares to fund capex in pork, sugar 25 April 2016

Ros Agro, the UK-listed Russian holding company behind Russian food maker Rusagro, has announced a further offering on the London Stock Exchange of US$250m in ordinary shares.

Concerns among some campaigners over Dolmio owner's strategyHow ambitious are Mars' health and wellbeing plans? 20 April 2016

Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify them for either "everyday" or "occasional" consumption. Ben Cooper assesses the strategy and reaction to it in key markets.

PE firm WestBridge looks to up stake in Indian snack maker DFM Foods 19 April 2016

India-based private-equity group WestBridge Capital Partners has announced it has made a public offer to buy a further 26% stake in Indian snack maker DFM Foods for US$52m. 

Chandramouli Venkatesan, MD of Mondelez India Foods (l) and Chella Pandyan, associate director, marketing (r) with new biscuitsMondelez International teams up Cadbury and Bournvita for India biscuit launch 19 April 2016

Mondelez International is to use its Cadbury and Bournvita brands to launch a line of biscuits in India.

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