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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

Sustainability in Drinks - Soda Tax Bill Unlikely to be Sweet Success 27 August 2014

The use of excise to combat the rise of obesity has long cast a shadow over the global soft drinks industry. Ben Cooper looks at the latest moves, in the US, and considers the likelihood of success for such a proposal.


GLOBAL: Champagne will not regain lost ground until 2018 - research 26 August 2014

The Champagne market will only return to the level of its 2011 record high in 2018, on the back of a recovery in its main European markets such as the UK, Germany and Belgium, and growth outside Europe, a new just-drinks report has forecast.


Research in Focus - Smaller Emerging Markets still Important for Champagne 26 August 2014

The forecast gradual recovery of Champagne shipments to nearer their record level over the next four years will be borne primarily out of economic recovery in its powerhouse export markets, such as the UK and Germany, and, albeit more sluggishly, in France.


The new just-drinks/The IWSR Cognac report has launched this weekResearch in Focus - Cognac Rides the Recessionary Rollercoaster 13 August 2014

A new report from just-drinks and The IWSR suggests the Cognac sector has been on something of a rollercoaster ride during the recent economically turbulent years.


The new just-drinks/The IWSR Cognac report has launched this weekGLOBAL: China reverse hits Cognac - research 13 August 2014

Global shipments of Cognac fell by 3.2% in 2013 to 12.3m nine-litre cases, hit by a slowdown in the hitherto fast-growing Chinese market, according to a new, joint just-drinks/The IWSR report.


Sustainability in Drinks - A Changing Wine Landscape 30 July 2014

The news this month that Castel has seen its wine operations in Ethiopia bear fruit suggests that the effects of climate change are already taking hold in the wine industry. Ben Cooper investigates.


Research in Focus - Cachaça seeks "Brand Brasil" bounce 14 July 2014

Now would seem an opportune time to assess the current fortunes and potential for Brazil's national spirit, cachaça, and a new joint-report from The IWSR and just-drinks has done just that.


GLOBAL: Cachaca sales fall to new low - research 14 July 2014

Global sales of cachaça fell by 3.2% in 2013 to reach a record low of 79.38m cases, according to data from a new IWSR/just-drinks report.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part I: Engaging with External Stakeholders 27 June 2014

The first part of our management briefing on environmental sustainability in soft drinks sees Ben Cooper look at the need to keep your friends close but your so-called 'enemies' closer.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part II: Challenging Views and Common Ground 27 June 2014

In part two of this month's management briefing, which focuses on the soft drinks category, Ben Cooper highlights the importance of listening to external stakeholders, even if you don't like what they're saying.


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