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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.

Consumer TrendsConsumer Trends

Each month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over emerging trends that could be of use to drinks companies and their brands

Articles by Ben Cooper

The Scotch whisky industry has long boasted how some of its waste product goes to animal feedWhy all drinks companies should embrace the circular economy – Sustainability Spotlight 6 May 2016

Declining raw material consumption in the UK is partially a result of better resource efficiency, while continued efforts to boost efficiency are vital in meeting global challenges. In this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at how moving towards the circular economy is fostering innovation in the Scotch whisky sector.

Have consumers hit 'peak stuff'?Are consumers getting tired of consuming? - Consumer Trends 26 April 2016

In this month's Consumer Trends spotlight, Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observations by the head of sustainability at Ikea, signify slowing demand for consumer goods.

Stop. Collaborate and listen – Sustainability Spotlight 8 April 2016

In the second part of this week's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at debate, collaboration and partnership on sustainability objectives, and in particular the challenge of engaging constructively with external stakeholders.

How a strong sustainability position can mitigate risk - Sustainability Spotlight 5 April 2016

Spread over two parts this week, just-drinks' latest Sustainability Spotlight sees Ben Cooper consider what is motivating companies to adopt sustainable business practices, and suggest that switching the focus from negative consequences to positive impacts is to be welcomed.

The just-drinks/IWSR 'Global Non-Scotch Whiskies Insights' report is published this weekUS whiskey profiting from flavourable conditions – Research in Focus 30 March 2016

Scotch whisky producers may be agonising over whether flavoured variants offer an effective means of recruiting new consumers and driving growth, but their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic have no such qualms. Indeed, it is the success that flavoured US whiskey brands and spiced rums have had that has prompted Scotch companies to try the flavoured route, even though they are not permitted to call such products 'Scotch whisky'.

The just-drinks/IWSR 'Global Non-Scotch Whiskies Insights' report is published this weekNon-Scotch whisky sales will continue to soar - Research 30 March 2016

The non-Scotch whisky sector is set to post ongoing healthy figures, according to a new report from just-drinks and The IWSR.

The growing importance of the convenience channel to drinks companies - Consumer Trends 24 March 2016

When drinks executives see references to 'disruptive influences' in retailing, they may well brace themselves for an uncomfortable haranguing about binge-drinking in pubs or town centres. It might come as a relief, then, that a new report from KPMG Boxwood on the retail sector in the UK refers to what other analysts might call market 'drivers'.

The latest research on Scotch whisky from just-drinks and The IWSR has been published this weekMalt whisky success is double-edged sword for Scotch sector - Research in Focus 29 February 2016

The standout success story of the Scotch whisky sector in the past 20 years has without question been the development of the flourishing malt category. Single malts have captured the imagination of consumers and provided significant growth opportunities for Scotch whisky companies.

The latest research on Scotch whisky from just-drinks and The IWSR has been published this weekBlended Scotch whisky poised to bounce back, as lean times come to an end - Research 29 February 2016

A new report from The IWSR and just-drinks has forecast a recovery for the blended Scotch whisky category after some difficult years.

Toast is a beer made using waste breadHow to turn food waste into a sellable drinks product – Sustainability Spotlight 24 February 2016

In this month's look at sustainability in the drinks industry, Ben Cooper meets the founder of a campaign group against waste, who is marketing a new beer, made from unused bread.

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