just-drinks authors and correspondents
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
Every month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over sustainability efforts in the global drinks industry.
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 latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.
The aims and achievements of the drinks sector's giants provide a strong lead to the industry's sustainability drive but progress will also hinge on engagement from small and medium-sized players. Ben Cooper looks at how recent actions by trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic will help improve sustainability standards among smaller drinks firms.
Alcohol companies have long been criticised for their relationships with health and wellness. But, has the industry finally spotted an opportunity to capitalise on the trend? Ben Cooper investigates.
In achieving its goal to replenish water equivalent to its 2015 sales volumes "back to nature and communities", Coca-Cola gave itself a compelling sustainability story to tell consumers. Greg Koch, senior director of Global Water Stewardship at Coca-Cola, spoke with Ben Cooper about what "replenishment" means, and why getting the minutiae of the methodology right is so important.
Coca-Cola's recent water-replenishment achievements underline the company's status as a leader in sustainability within the drinks sector. However, Ben Cooper writes, an even greater focus on specific areas of water stress from all drinks companies looks certain to be required to take industry engagement on water to the next level.
The broadening taste palate of consumers is spurring ever more adventurous flavour creations in the drinks sector, Ben Cooper writes, while growing sophistication in how consumers view flavour profiles in food and drink is leading to new opportunities in marketing, product development and food pairing.
In this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper examines how Diageo's investment in a UK drinks start-up represents a commercial and sustainability win-win.
Rapid and constant connection to the Internet has already transformed how consumers interact with the market, but the digital revolution is by its very nature a continuing phenomenon. In this month’s Consumer Trends, Ben Cooper investigates the link between a recent multi-billion-pound tech deal and the Moscow Mule.
The latest joint research from just-drinks and The IWSR has predicted that the global rum market will decline over the next five years.
On one level, rum is a relatively simple product. Easy to produce from an inexpensive and ubiquitous primary raw material, rum is made and consumed widely.
- Interview - Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling
- Is Irish whiskey ready to recognise its potential?
- Trump, local spirits and the IR role - The Analyst
- The European beer market - Focus
- Cannabis – A clear and present danger to alcohol
- Diageo appoints first programmatic marketing head
- Diageo strike threat postponed with fresh vote
- Pernod Ricard offloads Domecq brandies, wines
- Remy snaps up Seattle's Westland Distillery
- Sazerac poaches ex-Diageo government director