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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

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.


WRI estimates 56% World Resources Institute serves up five-course menu for a sustainable food system 17 July 2019

How can the global food system feed almost 10bn people by 2050, while contributing its required share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions over the next three decades?


Alpro: manufacturers must not wait for market to grow before thinking about sourcingHow can food companies ensure plant-based protein growth is sustainable? 10 July 2019

The growth in the plant-based protein market is good news for the planet. However, rising demand may create new sustainability issues in supply chains.


Tesco works with WWF to review Entering second century, Tesco puts supplier partnerships front and centre 3 July 2019

Tesco has recovered from the accounting affair that rocked the retailer. Supplier partnerships is proving central to restoring trust with its stakeholders, Ben Cooper argues.


Why UK emissions goal could up pressure on food companies 21 June 2019

Ben Cooper analyses the UK's new goal on greenhouse-gas emissions and the likely impact on food manufacturers.


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?




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