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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

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.


FDII director Paul Kelly hopes UK will remain part of EU single marketIreland's food industry already paying price for Brexit - interview with Paul Kelly, director of Food Drink Industry Ireland 21 November 2016

Paul Kelly, director of Irish food body Food Drink Industry Ireland, spoke with Ben Cooper about the challenges the sector faces in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.


Ian Wright expresses concern over the UK's approach to obesityFood and Drink Federation director general Ian Wright on challenge of meeting UK child obesity push - interview 31 October 2016

When the UK government published its long-awaited plan to tackle childhood obesity in August, the Food and Drink Federation, which represents UK food manufacturers, seemed less than impressed, criticising the decision to go ahead with the soft drinks levy as "a disappointing diversion" from effective measures and the plan’s sugar reduction targets as "flawed". However, in an interview with just-food, FDF director general Ian Wright struck a more positive note, describing the government's response to the obesity crisis as "relatively well modulated".


Wright: The UK's Food and Drink Federation's Ian Wright weighs up how Brexit could affect UK food and farming policy - the just-food interview, part two 19 October 2016

In the second part of an extensive interview on the implications of Brexit for UK food companies, Ian Wright, director general of industry association the Food and Drink Federation, speaks with Ben Cooper about the longer-term implications of Brexit for UK food and farming policy and on the food industry's labour force. 


Wright forecast 5-10% rise in UK food prices by end of yearThe UK's Food and Drinks Federation's Ian Wright calls for "coldest-eye assessment" of Brexit risks - the just-food interview, part one 19 October 2016

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the formal two-year process for the UK to leave the EU will begin in a little over five months. Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, the industry association representing food manufacturers operating in the UK, spoke with Ben Cooper about the immediate instability the vote for Brexit has caused and his longer-term outlook for the UK food sector.


Danone in spotlight over non-GMO marketing in USFarmers' groups criticise Danone over non-GMO stance 18 October 2016

Groups representing dairy and arable farmers in the US have written a public letter to the head of Dannon, Danone’s US business, criticising how the company is marketing products made without genetically modified ingredients.


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