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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

Nutrition can be an area where older consumers can be resistant to new thinkingHow food companies can make the most of longer lives 10 May 2019

The food industry has been ponderous in responding to the ageing global population. How can food companies effectively meet the needs of the growing ranks of older consumers?

Webber bemoans palm oil’s "I want to try to be optimistic. We've been let down before" - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil chief executive Darrel Webber exhorts food companies to buy sustainably 27 March 2019

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil speaks with Ben Cooper about its new standards and how food companies can promote the idea palm oil can be a sustainable commodity.

Unilever: How consumers are making sustainability a growth opportunity 14 March 2019

We examine the commercial opportunities conscious consumerism represents and the link between a company's sustainability profile and its ability to capitalise.

Investors want efforts - and their impact - to be analysed by companies on similar level to financial metricsHow are investors broadening their sustainability horizons? 22 January 2019

There are signs, Ben Cooper writes, the investment community is paying more attention to food companies' moves on sustainability - but that creates its own challenges.

Plastic pollution - a key focus for 2019What will top food sustainability agenda in 2019? 3 January 2019

As part of just-food's 2019 outlook series, Ben Cooper identifies the sustainability hotspots and trends for the food sector in the next year.

Industry and campaigners differ in assessment of food-industry progress so farFocus on food industry increases as UK hails success of soft-drinks tax 22 November 2018

The UK government has pointed to the success of its levy on soft drinks, heightening industry concerns the tax could be extended to food products.

Cocoa seen as the 'poor man's crop'How do food companies ensure cocoa supply meets future demand - sustainably? 13 July 2018

Ben Cooper looks at food manufacturers' efforts to put their west African cocoa supply chains on a truly sustainable footing.

Can the food industry eliminate trans fats by 2023? 5 July 2018

The WHO wants industrially-produced trans fats removed from food by 2023. Major manufacturers have set the pace but the challenge is how to bring all food companies in all countries up to speed.

Unhealthy, sugar-laden foods targeted in UK government's latest childhood obesity action plan.UK government likely to give little ground on child obesity measures - analysis 29 June 2018

The food industry will engage in consultations on key pillars of the UK childhood obesity strategy's second phase, launched earlier this week. But, Ben Cooper writes, the food sector's opportunity to prevent the inclusion of controls on advertising and price promotions has passed. While battling for any and every possible concession, food manufacturers must brace themselves for the commercial consequences.

Rising inter-generational wealth inequality can be seen in North America and EuropeThe Millennials are taking over. But why are they so miserable? 25 June 2018

This year sees the last of the Millennial cohort reach adulthood. The world over they punch above their weight in terms of their influence and the interest they receive from brands. However, the economic prospects for the generation differ widely between mature and emerging markets, Ben Cooper writes.

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