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Investor interest in sustainability growing but still way to go 14 Jul 2017

Column: Consuming issues

There are increasing signs more investors are becoming interested in the corporate sustainability practices of food companies, with some introducing the issue into the factors they weigh when deciding where to put their cash. However, as interest in corporate sustainability varies by company, so it does in the investment community, with some in the financial sphere seemingly little interested, proving the CEO advocates in the sector still have some convincing to do.


Paris climate partners resolute but US cash will be missed - column 5 Jun 2017

Column: Consuming issues

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.


UK sugar debate becoming more measured - column 1 May 2017

Column: Consuming issues

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action.


Why Fairtrade can still be watchful partner for food companies 13 Mar 2017

Column: Consuming issues

Mondelez International's decision to change the way it works with Fairtrade sparked questions about the future of the ethical certification. just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper argues Fairtrade still has a role to play for food companies looking to source more sustainably.


US food industry hesitant amid Trump's dizzying pace - comment 31 Jan 2017

Column: Consuming issues

Donald Trump's first 11 days in the White House has seen a series of executive orders and, while some have provoked a storm of global headlines, the US food industry is trying to digest what impact the new President could have on the sector. As Ben Cooper writes, so far, the US food industry has been reluctant to comment but that may soon have to change.


Tyson Foods needs to grasp the nettle on plant-based protein - comment 1 Sep 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The five shareholder resolutions filed by Tyson Foods investors last week seeking changes to environment, social and governance policies pertain to business risks for the US meat giant - and none more so than that on plant protein. Ben Cooper argues Tyson Foods needs to act now on the issue.


Why England child obesity plan is best industry could have hoped for 18 Aug 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.


Where does further delay leave the UK child obesity strategy? 26 Jul 2016

Column: Consuming issues

Those waiting for the UK government's long-awaited child obesity strategy will have to wait a little longer. According to media reports last week, incoming prime minister Theresa May has decided to delay launching the Strategy until the autumn. 


Are consumers getting tired of consuming? 26 Apr 2016

Column: Consuming issues

Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observations by the head of sustainability at Ikea, signify slowing demand for consumer goods.


Should the obesity issue influence companies' growth strategies? 4 Apr 2016

Column: Consuming issues

United Biscuits, the UK's largest biscuit maker, has set out how it believes the sector in the country can grow sales by GBP500m by 2020. After hearing how the Yildiz Holding-owned business plans to increase the size of the category, Ben Cooper wonders whether the issue of rising obesity should inform how food manufacturers shape their drive for growth.


What could surprise UK sugar drinks tax mean for food industry? 17 Mar 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The UK government yesterday announced a surprise move to tax sweetened soft drinks. Ben Cooper examines the implications this latest move may have for the government’s child obesity strategy, expected later in the year, and for future food and health policy in the UK.


Why Campbell's move on GMOs is savvy 14 Jan 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The decision by Campbell Soup Co. to back nationwide mandatory labelling of the genetically modified ingredients in food on sale in the US, Ben Cooper writes, is more about the merits and importance of greater transparency than it is about the pros and cons of GM itself.


The food industry’s vital role in realising COP21 vision 17 Dec 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The COP21 agreement marks the start of a huge concerted effort in which the food industry will have a leading role to play, Ben Cooper writes.


What could be the benefits of US approval of GM salmon? 30 Nov 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The US Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon for consumption in the country sees the collision of two highly controversial subjects, namely aquaculture and genetic modification.


Why industry should engage after Public Health England sugar report 27 Oct 2015

Column: Consuming issues

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's report on sugar. Ben Cooper highlights ways manufacturers could show positive engagement.


Why decision on US dietary guidelines is missed opportunity 12 Oct 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The US Dietary Guidelines of Americans are reviewed every five years because they are expected to evolve in response to scientific progress and recent years have seen fundamental changes in how the sustainability of the food supply and diet is viewed. Environmental criteria are too important to be ignored. Ben Cooper argues the US government has erred by not including environmental factors in the latest advice.


How latest trans fat studies show complexity of health debate 29 Sep 2015

Column: Consuming issues

Two pieces of research in Europe on trans fat underline the complexity of dietary science and, therefore, the formulation of product development strategies and public health messages. Ben Cooper reports.


Consuming issues: The war on child labour in cocoa is far from won 5 Aug 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The rise in the incidence of child labour in west African cocoa production detailed in last week's report from Tulane University is a disappointment to all those working to address the issue, including food companies. While the statistics reveal some relative improvements and give ground for optimism, Ben Cooper writes, the abiding message has to be that more must be done.


Consuming issues: Why UK must act in wake of SACN report 20 Jul 2015

Column: Consuming issues

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has recommended halving the official guidance on the consumption of free sugars. Attention now turns to how the country's politicians will respond. Ben Cooper argues the UK government should act - but some policies are more likely than others.


Consuming issues: Battle against antimicrobial resistance just beginning 26 Jun 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The use of antibiotics in the rearing of animals has been a much discussed issue in recent weeks, with regulatory and corporate moves across a number of countries. Ben Cooper examines recent events in the context of the widespread concern over antimicrobial resistance.


Consuming issues: UK Responsibility Deal must address credibility gap 20 May 2015

Column: Consuming issues

A report has criticised the UK's Public Health Responsibility Deal, a set of voluntary programmes that has seen industry work with government and public health professionals to try improve the country's health. Ben Cooper argues opponents of the scheme should not automatically see the report as vindication but insists the Deal has work to do address the report's findings.


Consuming issues: Why Mars' sugar call should be welcomed 14 May 2015

Column: Consuming issues

Campaigners would contend companies do not often make progressive moves on issues of public concern until pressure has been exerted on them to do so. In the food sector, there is a fair deal of historical evidence to support this, so moves like the one Mars Inc has made on the labelling of added sugar in the US are somewhat rare.


Consuming issues: Living by a (grocery) code 26 Mar 2015

Column: Consuming issues

Codes governing the relationships between retailers and manufacturers have made headlines in the UK and Australia. However, recent headlines in the UK have shone a spotlight on dealings between manufacturers and their suppliers - and Ben Cooper mulls whether the scrutiny could move towards that part of the supply chain.


Consuming issues: Why US Dietary Guidelines committee report deserves praise 24 Feb 2015

Column: Consuming issues

With a call for nutrient taxes and linking the impact of diet on the environment, the advisory committee's recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been met with criticism by parts of the food industry. Ben Cooper argues the committee deserves praise.


Consuming issues: Why US dietary guidelines should consider environment 22 Jan 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The possibility environmental criteria might form the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has provoked intense debate in the US, with the meat industry in strong opposition. The guidelines will be updated this year and politics may mean green issues are not considered. Ben Cooper argues ultimately that must change.


Consuming issues: Paying the price for eating healthily 16 Oct 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Research suggesting the price gap between healthier and less healthy foods is widening will have been greeted with concern by public health experts and policymakers. Food companies should be worried too but, Ben Cooper argues, they should also be encouraged by the direction this research may take the debate.


Consuming issues: Elliott puts FSA back in the spotlight 8 Sep 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Amid the headlines about the UK's plan to set up a food crime unit, Professor Chris Elliott's full report into the UK supply chain has reignited what was a fierce debate - the role of the Food Standards Agency, writes Ben Cooper.


Consuming issues: The hunger-obesity paradox 26 Aug 2014

Column: Consuming issues

It may seem cruelly ironic the UK faces what is frequently dubbed an "obesity epidemic" while hospital admissions for malnutrition have risen by 19% over the past year. Ironic perhaps, but not surprising. Ben Cooper argues food education and cooking skills would be a simple measure to tackle the issue.


Consuming issues: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit 14 Jul 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.


Consuming issues: Oxfam as industry's "critical friend" 30 Jun 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Oxfam's latest analysis of the food industry's efforts on to tackle climate change demonstrates how the NGO can partner with industry at time but still play a role in handing out stinging criticism where necessary, Ben Cooper believes.

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