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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 joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR, which looks at the Travel Retail channel, is published this week
Will value-sharing in Travel Retail become reality? - Research in Focus 3 February 2016

There is future growth aplenty on offer in the Travel Retail channel, but a new report suggests a reappraisal of the traditional relationship between suppliers, operators and airport authorities would be of huge benefit to drinks brands going forward.

The latest joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR, which looks at the Travel Retail channel, is published this weekTravel Retail liquor sales rise in 2014, set for further growth - research 3 February 2016

The Travel Retail channel is set to offer continued growth for wines and spirits over the coming five years, according to a new report, albeit slightly slower than the preceding five-year period.

How environmental risks pull sustainability aspirations closer to business goals - Sustainability Spotlight 1 February 2016

Is the closer association between sustainability and mitigating business risk completely good news? Ben Cooper investigates.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - Climate change the biggest business worry - Focus 26 January 2016

The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could have the greatest impact on business over the next ten years, while also highlighting the increasing interconnectedness business risks. For drinks companies, Ben Cooper writes, it is the strong link between climate change and water scarcity that is among the most pressing concerns.

Younger consumers are already keen on drinking less, but drinking betterHow to market moderation - Consumer Trends 26 January 2016

Reconciling two prevalent trends in the alcohol sector – moderation and premiumisation – represents one of the critical challenges facing alcohol marketers, writes Ben Cooper. Particularly as they seek to attract and retain young adult consumers.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 – Key findings at a glance 26 January 2016

Last week, the World Economic Forum released the eleventh annual edition of its Global Risks Report, which quantifies and compares the economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks facing businesses around the world. just-drinks presents the report's key findings.

The risk to companies from cyber attacks continues to growWorld Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - How open are you to cyber attacks? - Focus 25 January 2016

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2016 underlines the threat of cyberattack as a growing menace facing major companies. Ben Cooper examines the report's findings on the dangers of cyberattacks and other principal risks facing companies over the next ten years identified in the report.

The 'Emerging Drinks Industry Trends' report is published by just-drinks next month2016's consumer will drive 'less, but better' drinks trend - Research in Focus 4 January 2016

As economic cycles turn, consumers begin spending more freely and so it has proved as major economies have emerged from the economic crisis. In drinks categories, the premiumisation trend is therefore once more fuelling growth. According to a new just-drinks report, however, the deep and sustained global recession has left its mark on consumers and, in particular, on how they make premium purchasing decisions.

The 'Emerging Drinks Industry Trends' report is published by just-drinks next monthSatisfying fickle consumers key challenge ahead for drinks industry - research 4 January 2016

A new just-drinks report has suggested drinks brands across all categories will have to work increasingly hard to satisfy the requirements of "a more demanding and increasingly fickle consumer", with more knowledgeable consumers become "increasingly willing to try a wider variety of products across different price points".

Health, sustainability and innovation were the watchwords for bottled water in 2015The bottled water sector in 2015 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part I 9 December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we are starting our review of the year in the global drinks industry. First up, Ben Cooper looks back at the last 12 months in the bottled water category.

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