This book has benefited greatly from the wisdom and experience of all of the contributing authors, who have kindly shared in-depth insights and invaluable knowledge of their subject areas. It has been a pleasure to correspond with you all. I would like to express my added thanks to Lindy Jeffery who following the loss of Colin kindly agreed to maintain the inclusion of Colin’s invaluable guest chapter on baked products. The Elsevier publishing team have been of great support at all stages of the process, always so highly professional and enthusiastic. Particular thanks to Editorial Project Manager Karen Miller who has worked with me through the majority of the writing process including the key completion phases, and to my initial Commissioning Editor Nell Holden, who helped me to structure the book at the outset. Past and present food industry colleagues, tutors and mentors have taught me a great deal about, not only the craft of ‘food science and technology’, but also the value of teamwork, resilience and integrity when working to assure food safety, quality and legality in the fast-moving and highly demanding food sector. I am also very grateful to my family and friends for their great support and encouragement throughout the writing process. Thank you all.