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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

DiageoSustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight 28 January 2015

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on policymakers to regulate against it is increasing. Ben Cooper delves deeper.

The latest global RTD research from just-drinks and The IWSR was published this weekResearch in Focus - Drinks market's 'fast fashion' sector continues to grow through smart innovation 14 January 2015

If adaptability and versatility are key strengths in today's fast-moving drinks market, there is arguably one category which carries all before it. Indeed, a new just-drinks/The IWSR report describes pre-mixes as the "fast fashion" sector of the alcoholic drinks market.

The latest global RTD research from just-drinks and The IWSR was published this weekRTD sector maintains global momentum - research 14 January 2015

Global pre-mix sales rose by 6.3% in 2013 to a new record high of 370m nine-litre cases, according to a new just-drinks/The IWSR report.

Sustainability in Wine - Part IV: England and the Climate Change Dividend 18 December 2014

In the final part of his look at sustainability in the wine sector, Ben Cooper heads to England to look at the country's wine production growth prospects. Could the country be an indirect beneficiary of climate change?

Sustainability in Wine - Part III: Dealing with Drought in California 18 December 2014

In the third of our four-part look at sustainability in the wine category, Ben Cooper considers the drought that has affected California's winelands for the last three years.

Sustainability in Wine - Part I: A New World Order for the Wine Sector 17 December 2014

The last of just-drinks' management briefing series on sustainability focuses on the wine category. In part one of the four-part report, Ben Cooper surveys what the future could hold for the sector.

Sustainability in Wine - Part II: Adapting to Change 17 December 2014

Part two of Ben Cooper's look at sustainability in the wine sector considers the adaptability of wine and the risks the category faces going forward.

It has not been as quiet a year for the bottled water category as one may have initially assumedReview of the Year 2014 - Part I: Bottled Water 4 December 2014

As the end of the year approaches, just-drinks is starting its review of the events that shaped the drinks industry in 2014. First up, Ben Cooper considers what the last 12 months have meant for the bottled water category.

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.

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.

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