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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

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.


Gay Lea Foods, Vitalus Nutrition in Canada dairy venture 18 October 2016

Canadian dairy cooperative Gay Lea Foods and local dairy ingredients supplier Vitalus Nutrition have entered into a joint venture to process dairy ingredients and butter in the country.


Ajinomoto, Toyo Suisan Kaisha end Nigeria venture 18 October 2016

Japanese food groups Ajinomoto and Toyo Suisan Kaisha are ending their joint venture in Nigeria.


Agropur president Serge Riendeau to step down 18 October 2016

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced president Serge Riendeau will retire in February.


Work canteen Why companies cannot lose with employee engagement in sustainability 22 September 2016

Initiatives aimed at involving employees in sustainability aims are now commonplace in progressive food companies, and for good reason. Ben Cooper examines employee engagement in the food industry and explains how food manufacturers are reaping the multiple benefits of enthusing employees around food sustainability objectives.


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