Cliffstar Corp., a Dunkirk-based private-label fruit juice maker, said it has acquired the private-label juice business of Speaco Foods Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., for an undisclosed price.
Cliffstar said it will shift the Speaco unit's bottling operations and production line to its factory in Joplin, Mo., which is less than 200 miles away.
Speaco will continue to run its private-label vinegar and mustard business from the Kansas City plant.
James S. Koch, Cliffstar's chief executive officer, said the acquisition adds to the company's market share and also will increase the output of its Joplin plant.
Cliffstar makes more than 145 private-label fruit juices and drinks for supermarket chains throughout the country. In addition to the Joplin plant, the company has production facilities in Dunkirk and Fredonia; East Freetown, Mass.; Warrens, Wis., and Fontana, Calif.