Kerry Group, the global food ingredients and consumer foods group, is boosting its presence in Australia through a major investment programme, as part of a planned major thrust into the Asia/Pacific region. Kerry, headquartered in Ireland, with operations across 15 countries, has expanded its Australasian operations ten fold since acquiring the Burns Philp ingredients business in 1998. The Group today flagged further acquisitions in the Asia Pacific region as a central platform of its global expansion strategy over the next five years.