PepsiCo has received US antitrust clearance to buy Naked Juice Co. from private equity firm North Castle Partners.

The Federal Trade Commission said today (5 December) that it granted early termination of the waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law.

Pepsi snapped up the self-styled super-premium juice producer last month for an undisclosed sum.

Based in California and formed in 1983, Naked Juice has a portfolio of 25 juice and smoothies made without any added sugars or preservatives. The Naked Juice stable is divided into functional families, each providing a different group of benefits. The families include superfoods, antioxidants and proteins.

Pepsi said it would broaden the distribution of the products, while continuing to use Naked Juice's "successful grassroots marketing and sales efforts". Naked Juice already enjoys annual turnover of around US$150m.