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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

Wal-Mart received some credit for work with suppliersSustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge 26 February 2015

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and other aspects of sustainable packaging has been highlighted in a new report published by campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ben Cooper reports.


US government set to face intense lobbying from industryConsuming issues: Why US Dietary Guidelines report deserves praise 24 February 2015

With a call for nutrient taxes and linking the impact of diet on the environment, the advisory committee's recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been met with criticism by parts of the food industry. Ben Cooper argues the committee deserves praise.


The reportFocus: UK review into online ads shows more research needed 12 February 2015

The publication of the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) literature review on the impact of online food and drink advertising on children yielded few surprises and leaves many important questions unanswered.


Stangis: Campbell has been seen as "one of the leaders in the food sector these last four or five years, based on some of these sustainability recognitions"Sustainability Watch: Dave Stangis, Campbell Soup 30 January 2015

In the first Sustainability Watch of 2015, Dave Stangis, vice president of public affairs and CSR at Campbell Soup Co., speaks with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability and the recognition it has brought.


Data from heart-health charity British Heart Foundation has shone spotlight on TV advertising and childrenFocus: Food marketing to children on UK political agenda 29 January 2015

The inclusion in the UK Labour Party's new public health policy paper of a 'watershed' time restriction on the advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) as a future policy option has put the issue of food marketing to children firmly on the political agenda in the run-up to the country's General Election in May.


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.


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