Acirca Inc. announced yesterday that it has purchased Mountain Sun, the number one US brand of organic juice.

The deal allows Acirca to enter the US$4bn shelf stable juice category, one of the highest growth segments of North America.

Details of the acquisition were not released but Mark Rodriguez, Acirca CEO said: "We are pleased to welcome Mountain Sun into the Acirca portfolio because together we share a mission to make certified organic packaged foods and beverages more widely available.

"Additionally, through increased scale gained with the integration of the Mountain Sun business we aspire to become a more valuable trading partner with our retail customers," he added.