This week I tell you all about the new Nima Sensor and how it works. Three weeks in a row I am having to tell you about gluten-free places closing; The Sunflower Cafe/Bakery in Williampsport, PA will close on October 30, 2016. Lastly, I will share some news about New Day GF hoping to open in a new location!
The Sunflower Cafe/Bakery in Williamsport, PA will close it’s doors. I was informed by one of my facebook followers last week and I immediately went to Sunflower Cafe’s facebook page. I went to her page and read back about one year; I started crying. She was very open about her struggles; talking about selling furniture to pay her business loan and trying to do it all by herself because she could not afford to pay help. Wow; she had 5 star ratings. Let’s look at this situation by looking at the numbers:
Population of Williamsport, PA: 29,349 x 1.3% = 381 Celiacs
-This means every Celiac and their friends/family would need to eat there at least once a week. I know from experience that this did not happen. Looking at this population statistic, I know it could not work because there are no large cities nearby. I am thankful to Sunflower Cafe & Bakery for being a safe haven for those with Celiac Disease.
Everyone is talking about the new Nima Sensor: Dining out in restaurants full of gluten is a calculated risk that many take way too often and pay the price later. Now you can test your food before you eat it! This is great news if you have Celiac Disease or a Wheat Allergy. Nima Sensor is a portable sensor that tests liquid and solid foods for the presence of gluten (wheat, rye and barley) in about two minutes. Nima hopes to be able to test for top 8 allergens in the future! My thoughts are:
- If you eat out a lot, you can make sure your food is safe before you eat it.
- If people detect gluten in their meals it will drive them back to the completely GF places who are doing it right!
- Cost for the device is $279.00
- Refill test capsules cost $60.00 for 12 capsules or $5.00 per test.
- Pretty pricey; add $5.00 to the price of your meal.
- Your meal is probably cheaper at the dedicated GF place; you don’t need to test it.
- If you must eat at a regular restaurant; a $5 test is cheaper than taking days off work.
- If it detects gluten, the restaurant probably won’t refund your meal; especially if they have a disclaimer on their menu!
- Level of detection is to 20 ppm (parts per million).
- I won’t be getting one right now because I am always at One Dish Cuisine!
Go Fund Me Page for New Day GF: As I told you two weeks ago; this 5 star rated Gluten Free and Peanut Free cafe was in a small town, too far out from St Louis, MO and had several competitors that had opened up in St Louis. Last Friday they posted that they identified a new location just outside of St Louis and were awaiting “capital” or financing. It looks like they were not able to obtain financing. A “Go Fund Me” page was posted to their facebook page. They need to raise $300,000 in order to re-open. I hope that they can raise the funds, re-0pen and prosper in the new location.