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This year, San Antonio hosted AACC International’s Annual Meeting (Oct. 7–10). The Canadians, Australians, and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium—to cite just a few of the national contingents—were again present in force, contributing challenging insights and perspectives on cereal technology, nutrition, and consumer trends. Drought in Australia and the surging price of corn and wheat weighed on peoples’ minds. Pretty much any issue was there for the taking. Biofuels, dietary fiber, sodium, whole and exotic grains, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but, somehow, I sensed that this year’s annual meeting signaled tipping points for so many of the issues that we have wrestled with to date. These are just some of the reasons why annual meetings are so important. Also, this editorial announces my retirement as executive editor of Cereal Foods World. For 18 months, we strived to enhance the look, tone, and content of this flagship publication to better meet the needs of our members. Only you can judge whether we succeeded in our mission, but I hope that, at minimum, we have kept it interesting for you. It’s been a good run, but it is now time for me to devote my full attention to my own business, Best Vantage Inc. In parting, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your attention to and continuing support of Cereal Foods World and AACC International.