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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 UK proposals cover non-broadcast media such as online advertisingUK advertising consultation is credibility test for self-regulation 17 May 2016

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has launched a public consultation on new self-regulatory rules governing the advertising of food and drink to children through non-broadcast media. The extent to which non-industry views are reflected in the eventual rules, Ben Cooper writes, will have a direct bearing on their credibility.


There are increasing expectations placed on companies over issues such as working conditionsHow companies' responsibilities for supply chain workers are widening 11 May 2016

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working conditions, wages, safety and workers’ rights in their agricultural supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.


Oxfam's report scored companies on female workersHow Oxfam rates food majors on worker issues in their supply chains - and how the companies reacted 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


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.


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