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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

Mexico introduced a tax of MXN1 (US$0.08) per litre of “sugar-sweetened” beverage in January last yearSustainability in Drinks - Momentum Shifting on Soda Taxes 31 July 2015

The publication of research into the impact of Mexico's soda tax and reports by the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the British Medical Association have again put soda taxes in the spotlight. Ben Cooper reports


Could sugar bring the global drinks industry together?Sustainability in Drinks - Sugar: A Shared Priority 24 June 2015

Within the sustainable sourcing challenge for food and drinks producers, the focus on sugarcane is set to increase substantially over the coming years. Not only does sugarcane present daunting sustainability challenges, Ben Cooper writes, but as a key ingredient shared by two of the major beverage sectors it could present opportunities for collective industry engagement.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part II: Industry Engagement in Boosting Recycling 16 June 2015

The second part of this year's Sustainability in Soft Drinks management briefing looks at the comparison between recycling rates in the US and Europe, and examines the voluntary actions companies are taking to boost these rates.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part III: Supporting Research 16 June 2015

The third section of this year's Sustainability in Soft Drinks management briefing looks at soft drinks companies' support for and involvement in sustainability research.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part IV: Enhancing Sponsored Research & Educational Outreach 16 June 2015

The fourth section of this year's Sustainability in Soft Drinks management briefing looks at how broadening stakeholder involvement can enhance company-sponsored research projects, while also examining the role educational outreach plays in the sustainability missions of major soft drinks producers.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part I: Looking Forward to 2020 16 June 2015

In common with several global brewers, the world's major soft drinks producers have identified 2020 as a significant target date in their sustainability strategies. In the opening section of this year's Sustainability in Soft Drinks management briefing, Ben Cooper looks at what the sector's leading players hope to have achieved by 2020.


Sustainability in Soft Drinks - Part V: Walking the Walk in Wakefield 16 June 2015

In the final part of this year's Sustainability in Soft Drinks management briefing, Ben Cooper reports from Coca-Cola Enterprises' plant in Wakefield, UK, where he saw sustainability innovation in practice at Europe's largest soft drinks factory.


The new research into the global liqueurs category was published this weekResearch in Focus - Coffee Craze Could Yet Drive Liqueurs 9 June 2015

The diverse liqueurs category has been becalmed in recent years, but the very diversity of the sector means that, while some areas might be declining, other areas are almost certain to be showing some growth.


Liqueurs set for slow global recovery - research 9 June 2015

The liqueurs category is set for "slow, steady growth" in the coming years, according to new research from just-drinks and The IWSR.


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.


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