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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

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.

Water - central to food companies' sustainability goals.How can food companies engage in the Global Goals agenda on water? 1 May 2018

We examine how food companies can engage in UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Ceres - report says food businesses are among those leading way on sustainabilityCeres report suggests food sector taking lead on sustainability - analysis 27 April 2018

Major food multinationals are often mentioned as being among those taking a leadership position in the drive to make global businesses more sustainable and engage the corporate sector constructively in collective efforts to tackle global sustainability challenges.

Nestle has rolled out Milkybar Wowsomes into UK and IrelandIs Nestle's new sugar-reduction technology a game-changer? 25 April 2018

Nestle has launched an addition to its Milkybar range containing 30% less sugar than a comparable ordinary chocolate bar. Ben Cooper looks at the technology behind Milkybar Wowsomes and assesses its potential to be used more widely in the confectionery sector and other food categories.

Faber: "B Corp is very relevant for the food industry today" - Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on French giant's work on the certification 12 April 2018

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to a company's shareholders. The French giant today (12 April) announced its North America arm is now B Corp-certified and just-food's Ben Cooper spoke to group chairman and CEO Emmanuel Faber about his support for that way of codifying a food business.

UK chocolate SME Doisy & Dam is among country's B Corp-certified firmsBecoming a B Corp 9 April 2018

Here, just-food details the process a food company will have to go through in order to gain B Corp certification.

Plum became public benefit corporation to retain B Corp status after sale to Campbell Soup Co.Why should food companies consider becoming B Corp? 5 April 2018

The B Corp movement has grown since its launch in the US in 2007 and claims a foothold in 150 countries. Some food manufacturers have found themselves drawn to B Corp ideals of sustainable business - and we look at why.

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