Its main competition is from other low cost, white ciders such as Diamond White and Frosty Jacks.
It is available in 500ml cans, as well as 1 and 2litre bottles and is traditionally served over ice. In some off licenses it can be purchased for £0.69 per can (as of September 2010), a rate of only 18.4 pence per UK unit of alcohol.
It has also been made popular in various Misery Bear videos online.
No one seems to know when White Star cider was first sold to the UK public. Even the brewery who now own the brand name, are unsure of the date of origin of White Star.
First appearing in the season three episode, Matters of Honor, the computer generated 3D model was designed and built by the Emmy Award winning co-founder of Foundation Imaging, Ron Thornton. As with a number of other ships he designed for the television show, Thornton took inspiration from nature when creating the White Star, explaining that “The animal I based it on was the pelican. I am still amazed to this day as to what masters of the air these seemingly clumsy birds are. Beautiful fliers.”
Originally intended by Thornton to be a small and cramped vessel much like the Millennium Falcon, with the small bridge being the only habitable area, when he was asked to create “something that was a Minbari ship only more predatory and with Vorlon influences”. He quickly realised it would have to be a larger vessel after seeing the original sets that were designed for it.