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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

Nestle to move KitKat certification to Rainforest AllianceNestle’s Fairtrade move is wrong – and very wrong now 1 July 2020

just-food's Ben Cooper sets out his opposition to Nestlé's decision to end Fairtrade certification for its flagship KitKat chocolate brand in the UK and Ireland.

Strengthening cocoa value chain  was seen as essential for Mondelez to grow business, Pieters explains"We want to transform the sector" – Mondelez's Cathy Pieters on snacks giant's Cocoa Life programme, its progress and challenges ahead 19 June 2020

In 2016, Mondelez ended Fairtrade certification for Dairy Milk and forged a new tie-up with Fairtrade through its own sustainability platform Cocoa Life. What happened next?

BMJ blame game no help to obesity sufferers at higher risk from Covid-19 12 June 2020

If Donald Trump were a health campaigner, he may have struck a similar tone on Covid-19 and obesity as the British Medical Journal did this week, Ben Cooper writes.

The degree to which the pandemic may precipitate change to the food system is a matter of conjectureHow could Covid-19 change how we think about food? 11 May 2020

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system.

Johnson seen as initially adhering to his strong libertarian instincts as Covid-19 emerged in UKCould UK's post-Covid-19 obesity policy be more than nudge in right direction? 29 April 2020

Could 'nudge theory' - seen as having had a significant impact on the way the UK has sought to tackle Covid-19 - also shape policy choices on obesity once the dust settles?

Amid plant-based boom, soy becoming much more discussed component in food systemWhy food companies have to get soy sorted 16 April 2020

Ben Cooper looks at the challenge manufacturers face in putting their soy supply chains on a sustainable footing and why it's so important to them and the planet that they succeed.

Rycroft: "We’ll look back on these few weeks as a real triumph for the food supply chain" - Tim Rycroft, COO of UK trade body The Food and Drink Federation 2 April 2020

Tim Rycroft, COO at UK trade body The Food and Drink Federation, on how the industry is responding to Covid-19 and if the crisis is changing how people value the sector.

Could Covid-19 make for more caring companies? 31 March 2020

How might corporate engagement in addressing major global issues, such as climate change and poverty, be affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

UK PM Johnson has championed deregulation and divergence from the EU on GMIf and when it has time, the UK must ponder its post-Brexit biotech options 24 March 2020

Ben Cooper ponders where the UK might go on GM regulation after the end of the Brexit transition period and what that may mean for UK-based food manufacturers.

Agreement is for fluid milkNew Zealand's A2 Milk inks licensing agreement in Canada 13 March 2020

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. has agreed a licensing deal for fluid milk in the Canadian market with a dairy cooperative.

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