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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.

Articles by Ben Cooper

The latest just-drinks/IWSR vodka research has been published this weekGlobal vodka sales dip in 2013, but US set for “unrelenting” growth – research 25 November 2014

Worldwide vodka sales fell by 1.1% to 496.4m cases in 2013, according to a new just-drinks/The IWSR report, hit by continued declines in Eastern and Central Europe. However, the sector "continues to thrive" elsewhere, notably in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, where sales were up by 1.4m and 1.5m cases, respectively.

The latest just-drinks/IWSR vodka research has been published this weekResearch in Focus - Vodka Brands Look to Rediscover their Mojo 25 November 2014

After decades of rampaging growth, the vodka sector has more recently been enduring the unfamiliar experience of feeling a little left behind.

Sustainability in Drinks - Are Roadmaps the Way Forward? 7 November 2014

Ben Cooper has stumbled upon a term that crops up time and again when it comes to sustainability.

The joint Scotch whisky report from just-drinks and The IWSR was published todayGlobal Scotch whisky sales dip in 2013 - research 7 October 2014

Global Scotch whisky sales fell last year by 0.8% to 96m cases, according to data in a new just-drinks/The IWSR report, with 14 of the category's top 25 markets showing a decline.

Research in Focus - Emerging markets key to Scotch whisky growth 7 October 2014

As the Scotch whisky industry en masse breathes a long - if discreet - sigh of relief that the Scottish National Party failed to carry the day in the country's independence referendum last month, it will be pondering how to return what is one of the country's key export earners swiftly back to growth.

Sustainability in Drinks - Scoring Points 30 September 2014

This month, Ben Cooper considers the need for healthy competition among drinks companies when it comes to driving industry-wide sustainability.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part I: Better Together 22 September 2014

The first part of this month's management briefing on sustainability in the spirits sector sees Ben Cooper flag the importance of collaboration - both internal and external - among companies and trade associations.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part II: External Engagement 22 September 2014

Part two of this month's four-part members' briefing on environmental sustainability in the spirits sector looks at spreading the work-load among other trade associations and other drinks sectors.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part III: The Scotch Whisky Association's Environmental Strategy 22 September 2014

In this, the third part of this month's management briefing into environmental sustainability in the spirits sector, Ben Cooper offers a case study of the Scotch Whisky Association's approach to the environment.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part IV: Converting Waste to Energy 22 September 2014

The fourth - and final - part of this month's members' briefing, which looks at environmental sustainability in the spirits sector, considers the growing move to generate energy from waste products.

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