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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

Is sustainability your company's weakest link?Blowing trumpets, setting targets and hostages to fortune - Sustainability Spotlight 30 October 2015

Setting an ambitious target and just failing to meet it is surely better than settling for an easy one and romping home with time to spare but, Ben Cooper writes, when setting stretching sustainability targets, companies risk having to admit failure and are judged harshly when they do.

The latest sparkling wine research from just-drinks and The IWSR is now availableProduct innovation puts sparkling wine on more assertive footing - Research in Focus 19 October 2015

It has never been entirely clear whether the gulf between Champagne and other sparkling wines is down to an inferiority complex on the part of the latter or the superiority complex of the former. 

The latest sparkling wine research from just-drinks and The IWSR is now availableSparkling wine sector set for five-year growth - research 19 October 2015

The non-Champagne sparkling wine sector is set for a period of "healthy growth" over the next five years following the category’s slowdown in 2014, according to recently-released research.

How good a sustainability fit are AB InBev and SABMiller? - Sustainability Spotlight 29 September 2015

In a world where sustainability is placed ever higher on the corporate agenda, multinational companies no longer speak solely in terms of shareholder interest but often of the interests of 'stakeholders'.

Pressure is growing on drinks companies to manage their water usageSustainability in Drinks - Investors put pressure on drinks companies' water use 27 August 2015

World Water Week is an opportunity for companies to convene with other stakeholders to discuss the importance of water stewardship, and also to draw attention to their own initiatives, as Nestle has done.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part I: To 2020 and beyond 25 August 2015

Like their counterparts in other food and drinks sectors, the world's major spirits producers have set sustainability targets for 2020, and in some cases beyond. Across the food and drinks arena, many companies are looking to 2020 as a target date for sustainability goals and strategies, and this can also be seen among major players in the spirits sector.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part II - Greater focus on agriculture supply chains 25 August 2015

Agricultural supply chains are an increasing area of focus for spirits companies, owing to the high proportion of the environmental footprint they represent and an increasing need to address pressing social issues, notably relating to living and working conditions among agricultural communities in the developing world.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part III - Packaging challenges 25 August 2015

Reducing packaging weight and increasing use of recycled content are key sustainability goals for major spirits companies, but can they also change established consumer perceptions that associate packaging weight with quality?

Bacardi opened its Bombay Sapphire distillery in the UK last yearSustainability in Spirits - Part IV - New ideas in an old setting 25 August 2015

At Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, UK, Bacardi has redeveloped a disused paper mill to create a new distillery for its Bombay Sapphire gin brand. Ben Cooper met with Bombay Master Distiller Nik Fordham to learn how the company has prioritised both environmental sustainability and heritage in regenerating a once-derelict site.

The latest report from The IWSR and just-drinks looks at the future for spiritsUntapped premiumisation offers spirits growth potential - Research in Focus 24 August 2015

Premiumisation has been such a critical trend and driver in the spirits sector that it is hard to imagine there are sectors where it has so far been under-exploited. However, a new report from The IWSR and just drinks suggests there are a number of spirits categories that still remain under-premiumised.

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