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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

Food companies should welcome emphasis on reformulation over fiscal measuresWhy England child obesity plan is best industry could have hoped for 18 August 2016

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.

US industry association GMA has labelled QR codes US food companies gain crucial concession on GM labelling 16 August 2016

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the necessary product information to be communicated through a QR code. Ben Cooper asks whether this enshrines the consumer’s right to know if GM ingredients are present or the right to find out.

Thinktank Forum for the Future says Food companies can lead on workplace nutrition - analysis 28 July 2016

Improving the diet of employees can boost productivity, morale and staff retention, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority for any company. But, Ben Cooper writes, the nutritional value of workplace catering at a food company is likely to be more closely scrutinised than at other companies, while the food sector has a unique contribution to make in improving workplace nutrition at large.

Where does delay leave UK Childhood Obesity Strategy? Where does further delay leave the UK child obesity strategy? 26 July 2016

Those waiting for the UK government's long-awaited child obesity strategy will have to wait a little longer. According to media reports last week, incoming prime minister Theresa May has decided to delay launching the Strategy until the autumn. 

Food companies can prosper as we live longerHow Nestle is catering for an ageing global population  22 July 2016

The newest of Nestle's 40 R&D facilities is a unit in Singapore specialising in nutrition to support healthy ageing. Ben Cooper reports on the new facility and examines the role food companies can play in maintaining and improving health in old age as life expectancy increases.

What impact will Brexit have on UK food policyCould Brexit foster a more joined-up approach to UK policymaking? 18 July 2016

The UK’s vote to leave the EU on 23 June triggered immediate political and economic uncertainty and has long-term implications for UK food manufacturers. Ben Cooper looks at how Brexit could impact on environmental and nutrition policy in the UK. 

Childhood Obesity Strategy branded "Pathetic" UK child obesity strategy to be delayed, says campaigner 15 July 2016

Campaign group Action on Sugar (AOS) has branded measures in the UK government's child obesity strategy, which is now expected to be delayed until the autumn, as "pathetic".

'Fat taxes' are increasingly on the agenda in developed and emerging markets What does Indian state Kerala's 'fat tax' mean for global food manufacturers? 14 July 2016

The regional government in the Indian state of Kerala has become the latest administration to impose a tax on less healthy foods. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of this move to multinational food companies.

Health campaigners have flagged concerns that Brexit will lead to a watered down obesity stategy in the UKWarnings Brexit could weaken UK child obesity strategy 8 July 2016

The UK’s long-awaited child obesity strategy looks set to be published during the next couple of weeks, but when it does it is likely to be a cause of further acrimony between the food industry and health campaigners.

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.

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