Irish cheese maker Glanbia has returned to the US for its latest acquisition.

The company today announced said it agreed to buy California-based supplement and health drinks maker Aseptic Solutions in a deal worth $60m (£38.4m).

Aseptic specialises in vitamin shots, protein shakes and all-natural fruit juices. It was founded in 2004 and employs 175 people.

Glanbia said the deal – funded through existing debt – would give it access to Asepctic technology designed to create longer-lasting liquid foods without the use of preservatives.