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
For the first time, Dutch brewer Heineken has merged its sustainability report into its main annual report. The increased investor interest in sustainability, coupled with the need to account for risks related to climate change, make it likely more major companies will follow suit. Ben Cooper reports.
In this month's Consumer Trends column, Ben Cooper talks to Nigel Hollis, chief global analyst at Kantar Millward Brown, and considers the degree that growing support for nationalist and anti-globalist politics could affect the consumer appeal for international and imported brands, to the benefit of local products.
As the end of the year approaches, just-drinks looks back at the stories that made the headlines in 2016 across the global drinks industry. Here, category commentator Ben Cooper picks out the highs and the lows for the wine category.
Over-60s are not only healthier, wealthier and living longer and more active lives than their predecessors, they are also more politically engaged. Ben Cooper examines why looking afresh at the seniors market chimes with recent momentous political events.
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.
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