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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
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 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.
Is the closer association between sustainability and mitigating business risk completely good news? Ben Cooper investigates.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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.
- What's so special about Islay anyway? - Comment
- Diageo gets 2016 off to a strong start - Analysis
- Six key trends for alcoholic drinks in 2016
- With MegaBrew sorted, is MegaBev next? - Research
- What do Bourbon and craft beer have in common?
- The US is "the first place I look" - Diageo CEO
- Bacardi ups ante in US Havana Club row
- Alcohol industry warning over Kroger plan
- SABMiller hits back in UK corporation tax row
- Suntory bids for Lucozade, Ribena Nigerian network
- What Next for Beer and Brewers Following the MegaBrew Deal?
- Global travel retail insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Beer Trends 2015 : Global Beer Trends and Long-term Forecasts
- Global Whiskey Market 2016-2020
- Global sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research