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Ben Cooper

Ben CooperBiography

Ben Cooper is just-drinks' sustainable business 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.

Columns by Ben Cooper

Sustainability in DrinksSustainability in Drinks

Every month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over sustainability efforts in the global drinks industry.


Consumer TrendsConsumer Trends

Each month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over emerging trends that could be of use to drinks companies and their brands

Articles by Ben Cooper

The on-premise channel is awash with 'early adopters', setting the trends for the alcoholic drinks industryWhat the on-premise can teach us about the future - Consumer Trends 8 June 2016

The on-premise channel remains a key testing-ground for new drinks products and has always pointed the way for trends in the wider beverage arena. Ben Cooper looks at some recent research and examines why on-premise trends are so influential.


The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are among the ten multinational companies covered in Oxfam's 'Behind the Brands' reportHow do Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo fare under Oxfam's spotlight? Part II – Sustainability Spotlight 6 June 2016

The world's two largest soft drinks producers, The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo, are among the ten multinational companies included in Oxfam's 'Behind the Brands' report, which rates the global food and drinks businesses across seven criteria relating to their supply chain policies. Oxfam's scores and summaries of Coca-Cola's and PepsiCo's performance are detailed here, along with the companies' responses.


The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are among the ten multinational companies covered in Oxfam's 'Behind the Brands' reportHow do Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo fare under Oxfam’s spotlight? - Sustainability Spotlight 6 June 2016

PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co have made progress on some of the agricultural supply chain issues monitored by Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign. But, Ben Cooper writes, the NGO bemoans the companies’ lack of progress on farm worker pay and conditions and support for smallholders.


just-drinks and The IWSR have this week released research into the RTD sectorHow RTDs are stealing share from all other categories - Research in Focus 1 June 2016

Looking for a single reason why the ready-to-drink (RTD) category is set for such strong progress during the coming five years will be a fruitless task. Yet, it is for that exact reason why the segment's future is so rosy.


The overall RTD category is set to grow RTD sales forecast to remain strong - research 1 June 2016

The latest joint research from The IWSR and just-drinks has predicted that the global market for ready-to-drink (RTD) products will go from "strength to strength" over the next five years.


The Scotch whisky industry has long boasted how some of its waste product goes to animal feedWhy all drinks companies should embrace the circular economy – Sustainability Spotlight 6 May 2016

Declining raw material consumption in the UK is partially a result of better resource efficiency, while continued efforts to boost efficiency are vital in meeting global challenges. In this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at how moving towards the circular economy is fostering innovation in the Scotch whisky sector.


Have consumers hit 'peak stuff'?Are consumers getting tired of consuming? - Consumer Trends 26 April 2016

In this month's Consumer Trends spotlight, 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.


Stop. Collaborate and listen – Sustainability Spotlight 8 April 2016

In the second part of this week's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at debate, collaboration and partnership on sustainability objectives, and in particular the challenge of engaging constructively with external stakeholders.


How a strong sustainability position can mitigate risk - Sustainability Spotlight 5 April 2016

Spread over two parts this week, just-drinks' latest Sustainability Spotlight sees Ben Cooper consider what is motivating companies to adopt sustainable business practices, and suggest that switching the focus from negative consequences to positive impacts is to be welcomed.


The just-drinks/IWSR 'Global Non-Scotch Whiskies Insights' report is published this weekUS whiskey profiting from flavourable conditions – Research in Focus 30 March 2016

Scotch whisky producers may be agonising over whether flavoured variants offer an effective means of recruiting new consumers and driving growth, but their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic have no such qualms. Indeed, it is the success that flavoured US whiskey brands and spiced rums have had that has prompted Scotch companies to try the flavoured route, even though they are not permitted to call such products 'Scotch whisky'.


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