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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

The US meat industry has hit out at notion environmental considerations could be included in latest version of dietary guidelinesConsuming issues: Why US dietary guidelines should consider environment 22 January 2015

The possibility environmental criteria might form the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has provoked intense debate in the US, with the meat industry in strong opposition. The guidelines will be updated this year and politics may mean green issues are not considered. Ben Cooper argues ultimately that must change.

Briefing: 2015 preview: Sugar, supply chains to focus minds 2 January 2015

just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper predicts what will be the key issues in food sustainability circles in 2015, with the debate over sugar likely to continue to rage, while supply chains - in regard to environmental and retailer pressure - will also - command attention.

"There are clear benefits to such legislation in terms of removing barriers to trade and reducing the costs of entering other European markets"Consuming issues: Why new laws on food labels can benefit business 12 December 2014

The new EU-wide food labelling regulations coming into effect tomorrow (13 December) represent the most extensive revision of food labelling regulations manufacturers across Europe will ever have had to cope with.

Briefing: Industry must push ahead on reformulation 8 December 2014

The potential for reformulation to be not only "part of the solution" but a vital part in the battle to improve health is unquestionable. The challenges ahead look daunting but food manufacturers must continue with their work, Ben Cooper argues.

Increased focus on salt and sugar may mean less attention is paid to reducing fatBriefing: Fat, the forgotten issue 5 December 2014

The fourth article in just-food's management briefing on food reformulation looks at competing priorities, in particular how the increased focus on salt and latterly sugar may mean less attention is paid to reducing fat, by both consumers and food companies.

Will the stealth approach with sugar reduction work as well as it did with salt?Briefing: Sugar - will stealth work? 4 December 2014

In his third article on food reformulation, Ben Cooper looks at the issue of the moment, sugar reduction, and asks if the approach to reformulation that has worked well in driving down salt intake can be successfully applied to sugar.

Concern over "clean labels" could slow reformulation efforts Briefing: How "clean labels" limit reformulation efforts 3 December 2014

In the second part of a five-part management briefing looking at reformulation, Ben Cooper considers the impact of the clean label trend and its potential to hold back the food sector's reformulation efforts.

PremierBriefing: Why food companies are critical in UK salt success 2 December 2014

In just-food's latest management briefing, Ben Cooper explores reformulation in the context of the febrile debate over diet and health, suggesting it is both the industry's most compelling response to diet-related health problems and the most practical contribution to tackling them.

Frozen food can be solution to food waste, Birds Eye owner Iglo insistsIglo looks to show lead on reducing food waste 31 October 2014

A new Europe-wide initiative launched by leading frozen foods company Iglo Group seeks to promote how home freezing and ready-frozen food can help address the worrying issue of food waste. Ben Cooper reports.

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.

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