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.
Articles by Ben Cooper
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.
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 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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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