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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

Remaining in line with EU seen as lower-risk option for UKShould the UK take new approach to novel foods post-Brexit? 22 January 2020

Ben Cooper reports from an industry event in London to weigh up whether the UK should change its stance on novel foods once the country leaves the EU.

Industry faces daunting task on child labour in cocoa despite new momentum 19 December 2019

Ben Cooper welcomes the progress Nestlé is making on tackling the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain but stresses the company - and industry - still has work ahead.

Thai Union's Dr Darian McBainClimate change, aquaculture and healthy diets - Thai Union's Dr Darian McBain on seafood giant's sustainability targets 6 December 2019

Ben Cooper speaks to Dr Darian McBain, global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union, about attempts to put sustainability at the heart of the business.

Climate change set to define sustainability agenda in 2020 26 November 2019

Ben Cooper looks at how climate concerns will not only top the sustainability agenda in 2020 but pervade many other areas of concern.

The rise of plant-based and the clean-label challenge 25 October 2019

We examine whether clean-label concerns among consumers will support the plant-based category's continued growth or present challenges.

Emmanuel Faber (left), CEO of Danone, briefs journalists  during 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Also present is Lee White, Minister for Forests, Sea, the Environment and Climate Plan of Gabon.
How food companies are now at centre of climate change and development debates 2 October 2019

The recent UN climate summits underlined how Big Food is now at the centre of debates on issues like climate change and development, Ben Cooper reports.

Nestle has ramped up investment in plant-basedWhy food industry must safeguard positive health message of plant-based protein 18 September 2019

As the plant-based meat and dairy markets explode, Ben Cooper sets out why food companies must ensure products deliver on nutritional value.

Faber: "It's a matter of staying relevant as a business" - Danone CEO takes lead in new industry push on inequality 28 August 2019

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber is at the forefront of a new, business-led coalition set up to try to tackle inequalities. He explains why industry needs to play a leading role.

Industry watchers have pointed to possible sustainability benefits of new innovationWhy Nestle's new chocolate innovation is more about waste than sugar 31 July 2019

Ben Cooper mulls over Nestlé's newest innovation in confectionery, a chocolate bar made exclusively from cocoa beans and pulp without the addition of refined sugar.

Iceland has tried using UK grocer Iceland leads way with resolve on packaging 24 July 2019

UK grocer Iceland is among the retailers leading the way on packaging and, rightly, remains undeterred, Ben Cooper writes - even if consumer behaviour can be frustrating.

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