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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

Combining growth and sustainability is at the centre of BarillaSustainability Watch: Roberto Ciati, Barilla 29 October 2014

Large publicly-owned multinationals, such as Unilever and PepsiCo, are widely praised for showing leadership in corporate sustainability. In this month's Sustainability Watch, Roberto Ciati, sustainability director at Italian pasta, sauces and baked goods group Barilla, discusses how private, family ownership can inform a progressive approach to sustainability.


Prices of healthy foods have risen faster than unhealthy products, research from the University of Cambridge has claimedConsuming issues: Paying the price for eating healthily 16 October 2014

Research suggesting the price gap between healthier and less healthy foods is widening will have been greeted with concern by public health experts and policymakers. Food companies should be worried too but, Ben Cooper argues, they should also be encouraged by the direction this research may take the debate.


The new pledges include mobile marketingAnalysis: Industry awaits WHO response on beefed-up ad pledges 25 September 2014

Companies including Nestle, General Mills and Mondelez International this week extended voluntary restrictions on how they market food to children. Ben Cooper argues the new pledges are a step forward but wonders how the World Health Organization, which has criticised what it calls Big Food, will react.


Separation from Dean Foods has allowed WhiteWave to "voice our vision in a stronger way", Brattner saysSustainability Watch: Deanna Bratter, WhiteWave Foods 17 September 2014

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.


A "co-ordinated approach to food policy even more crucial than in 2001, when FSA was founded"Consuming issues: Elliott puts FSA back in the spotlight 8 September 2014

Amid the headlines about the UK's plan to set up a food crime unit, Professor Chris Elliott's full report into the UK supply chain has reignited what was a fierce debate - the role of the Food Standards Agency, writes Ben Cooper.


Fonterra has teamed up with CSIRO to work on areas including herd productivity, processing and consumer healthFocus: Fonterra looks to broaden innovation horizons 3 September 2014

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has joined with the Australian science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in a strategic research partnership in a bid to seek solutions from outside the dairy sector. Ben Cooper reports.


Milk producers have welcomed USDA work to plot out ways to develop biogas outputSustainability Watch: How will US biogas push affect food industry? 28 August 2014

An initiative launched under the auspices of President Obama's Climate Action Plan will see the government foster a major expansion of biogas use. Ben Cooper looks at the implications of the US government's Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for US food manufacturers.


"Improving food education, both for children and adults, should be recognised as a fundamental element in addressing dietary health issues and reducing food waste"Consuming issues: The hunger-obesity paradox 26 August 2014

It may seem cruelly ironic the UK faces what is frequently dubbed an "obesity epidemic" while hospital admissions for malnutrition have risen by 19% over the past year. Ironic perhaps, but not surprising. Ben Cooper argues food education and cooking skills would be a simple measure to tackle the issue.


The food industry "falling short" on sustainable sourcing, CeresSustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 July 2014

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


Sugar reduction could be area where industry and NGOs find shared interestConsuming issues: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit 14 July 2014

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.


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