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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 drinks industrySustainability in Drinks - Walking the Walk on Water 20 May 2015

The recent problems that the Coca-Cola Co has encountered in India, and the launch by Diageo of its new Water Blueprint, underline once again just how central water stewardship is to the sustainability strategies of major beverage companies.

The latest report into Tequila from just-drinks and The IWSR is published this weekResearch in Focus - Could Tequila Benefit from Craft and Bourbon Bounce? 20 April 2015

Already one of the healthiest spirits categories, the Tequila sector is benefiting from two significant external factors in its prime market, according to a new IWSR/just-drinks report, namely the boom in craft distilling and the current resurgence of the American whiskey category.

just-drinks and The IWSRGlobal Tequila market hits new highs in 2014 - research 20 April 2015

The global Tequila market reached a record high of 27.6m cases in 2014, according to a new report from The IWSR and just-drinks.

What are the multinationals learning from the craft segmentSustainability in Drinks - What Craft is Teaching the Multi-Nationals 27 March 2015

Almost by default, the craft sectors within the overall drinks industry have healthier sustainability credentials than their larger peers. Ben Cooper looks at what the smaller, newer players could teach the big boys.

The latest joint report from just-drinks and The IWSR, which looks at the rum category, was published this weekResearch in Focus - Good Times Ahead for the Rum Sector 24 March 2015

For a long time seen as something of a poor relation in the spirits world, the rum category is identified as the "next big thing" in the global spirits market in a new IWSR/just-drinks report.

Global rum market tipped for value growth - research 23 March 2015

A new just-drinks/IWSR report has forecast value growth in the coming four years for the rum sector, in spite of a continuing decline in the sector's volume performance.

The US lags most European countries when it comes to recycling rates. Should companies step up?Sustainability in Drinks - Much Work to do on Packaging in the US 26 February 2015

When it comes to recycling, the US falls well behind many developed markets. Is it time for companies to pick up the baton in the country? Ben Cooper investigates.

just-drinksNon-Scotch whisky tipped for growth - research 17 February 2015

The whisk(e)y segments outside of Scotch are set for significant growth over the next four years, a new IWSR/just-drinks report has forecast.

just-drinksResearch in Focus - World whiskies market expanding on numerous fronts 17 February 2015

As diversity is what defines the non-Scotch whisky segment, it is subject to numerous and sometimes contrasting trends across the different whisk(e)y-producing countries. Nevertheless, while the category may represent a wide-ranging patchwork of national products, the trends in the key individual countries all appear to be pointing upwards, with a new IWSR/just-drinks report suggesting future growth is assured for the sector for the five-year period up to 2019.

Sustainability in Beer - Part I: 2020 Vision 12 February 2015

This month's sustainability management briefing returns to the beer category. In the first of the four-part briefing, Ben Cooper considers the sustainability programmes set up by Diageo, Heineken, Molson Coors and SABMiller, all of which run to 2020.

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