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The company expanded into numerous areas, including other breakfast cereals and other food and drink products, and even into unrelated fields such as toys. In August 2001, Quaker was bought out by Pepsico because Pepsi wanted to add Gatorade to its arsenal of beverages and thus break into the isotonic sports beverage market. The merger created the fourth-largest consumer goods company in the world. Though the main prize for PepsiCo was Gatorade noncarbonated sports drink, Quaker's cereal and snack food division serves as a seemingly healthier complement to the existing Frito-Lay division of salty snacks.
Brand/Importer Information: Ak-Sar-Ben was owned and operated by Allan Miller. He started this business around 1980 or so. Ak-Sar-Ben specialized in custom/limited run cars and locomotives. Their first big release in N Scale was a series of single cars and boxed sets for the 1982 Worlds Fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee. They redecorated Atlas and Kadee/Micro Trains cars with their own paint schemes. They also produced many limited run cars, sets of cars and locomotives.
Micro-Trains Line Co. split off from Kadee in 1990 to form a completely independent company. For this reason, products from this company can appear with labels from both enterprises. Due to the nature of production idiosyncrasies and various random factors, the rolling stock from Micro-Trains can have all sorts of interesting variations in both their packaging as well as the products themselves. When acquiring an MTL product it is very important to understand these important production variations that can greatly enhance (or decrease) the value of your purchase.
Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-19 14:05:54. Last edited by gdm on 2017-05-18 19:25:27
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