Sir; With reference to your 'Focus on beer and cider', I must take issue with Chris Carr, of Merrydown, who claims: "We are sticking to packaging our cider in 500ml and 750ml bottles. No one else is in the category except Magners so I need to continue to own this."

I would point out that Thatchers has been producing its Katy, Coxs and ­Thatchers Gold in 500ml for ten years.

Indeed, the 500ml bottle has been, and still is, the ­favoured option for ­other cider suppliers such as ­Westons, Aspalls, Sheppy's and Frome Valley.

Merrydown Vintage is packaged in one-litre bottles for the off-trade.

­Thatchers has been selling Katy and Coxs and, more recently, ­Vintage in 750ml for some time.

Magners has led with a 'pint', or 568ml, bottle (with a one-litre option in the off-trade). As to who will own the category, only time will tell.

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