The Irish competition regulator's decision to block Kerry Group's acquisition of Breeo Foods will have come as a blow to a company that is looking to expand its business at home and abroad. By increasing the scale and breadth of its interests and consolidating manufacturing, Kerry is looking to sidestep some of the harsher effects of the global economic downturn. While the Breeo decision may have put a spanner in the works for Kerry, the company has indicated its intention to seek out further acquisition opportunities. Katy Humphries reports.