Agri-investments – Simply Natural

By Anonymous Questions, August 15, 2015

Has anyone had any specific experience with Simply Natural, who are offering agri-investments in mango and lime farms in Panama. Legit or scam….?
http://simplynaturalfarms.com/

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Brian
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Brian

I’m just wondering if you had any feedback from anyone on Simply Natural, or if you yourself have gone ahead and invested with them?
Thanks
B

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Hi Brian,
Did you eve hear from anyone about investing with Simply Natural?
Thanks,
Suzanne

Laura Welliver
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Laura Welliver

Hi suzanne, Have you heard anymore about simply natural?

J
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J

Would love to hear the same too.

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Hi J,
I am also interested in investors experiences with Simply Natural’s Mango farm investment
in Panama. Did anyone ever respond to your posting?
Thanks,
Suzanne

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Eric
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Eric

I’m also interested in investors experience with simply natural in panama?

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Andy
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Andy

After posting the initial question last year, I have actually visited the Simply Natural development in Panama. It is very real and very impressive. I did subsequently invest based on what I saw and the “comfort factor” this visit gave me. 6 months later I do not have clear title in my name yet, but there have been recent moves on this front and red flags are not being raised; this is all within the timeline I was originally advised to expect. Before my visit, I did find the developer very willing to answer a whole bunch of questions that… Read more »

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Mark Smither
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Mark Smither

Hey Andy. It’s been a few months and I was wondering if you secured title in your name yet. Thanks, Mark

Andy
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Andy

Mark. Nearly there. Delay was my side trying to get Apostille done on documents. Now solved. I am comfortable that this is moving forward.

Rob
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Rob

Hi Andy
Did your title come through?

Thanks
Rob

Andy
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Andy

Not yet…much to my frustration. I am told it will take another 12 weeks. I must admit that this is becoming a concern. Anyone else had problems (or better still, received title)?

Michael
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Michael

I visited the Simply Natural farm last month in a large group. I was greatly impressed by the operation. I met someone who invested a few years ago. While he was happy with his investment, it took him two years to receive title. You are dealing with a third-world bureaucracy, so some investors may receive title in six months, some in a year, and some may take two years.

stonewalker
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stonewalker

I guess we’re in the two year group, even though (as my wife just said) they PROMISED us it would be done last December.

Bob Meier
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Bob Meier

Hey stone walker did you finally get your title?

Laura Welliver
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Laura Welliver

have you received your dividend check or your title

Guest
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Guest

I purchased a simply natural pineapple product eight months ago–no title on lans, little contact; I was thinking of more products but I am still wondering if it is a scam? Any information on the company or their products?

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bgodiver

Hello! My name is Brian O’Grady and I work for Simply Natural. The titling process in Panama is quite complicated and takes an average of 16 months. The paperwork must go through 4 different government agencies — bureaucracy on steroids! Simply Natural is a vertically integrated, international company with operations in 7 countries. We not only provide an excellent financial return on a low-risk asset, but we have our own corporate farm holdings and purchase from many co-op partners in Peru and elsewhere. Our subsidiary, Simply Natural Harvest, ensures you have a buyer for your crops and manages harvesting, processing,… Read more »

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Gregory Evans
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Gregory Evans

Hello Michael, was wondering what group you checked out the farm with? Any other trips or investments coming up?

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Rob
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Rob

Andy/Stonewalker,
I have my fingers and toes crossed for you both. I noticed some interesting changes on the web recently:
1. http://simplynaturalinvestments.com/index.html is now HrVest Holdings an agri business private equity firm. They are not listed in open corporates and I could find no explanation on SNI Facebook of the change.

2. http://www.campoorganico.com
who provide farm management to SNI has been offline for weeks

Both of these could just be an employee of both that doesn’t know how to run a website but it certainly didn’t boost my confidence.

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ret
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ret

I invested in mango plantation in Sept 2014. Still no title.

stonewalker
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We invested in early 2016 also and STILL have no clear title. I get responses telling me that one thing or another is holding it all up, but sixteen months is a long time. Maybe not in Panama. I was impressed with what we saw, though I’ll admit we invested sight unseen and visited when we could. The sales guy was a little dicey, but nice enough. Just a sales mentality. As long as he thought we might invest more we got a lot of attention, and he did seem to appreciate our visit, though that was a disaster (not… Read more »

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ret
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ret

I invested in Sept 2014 and still do not have title. One delay after another. The simply natural people are very slow on responding to questions.

Bob Meier
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Bob Meier

Andy do you have your title yet?

Laura Welliver
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Laura Welliver

andy, have you received any income yet? or your title

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Andy
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Andy

Yes to both. Got title for Limes last year and also intercrop income. Still waiting for Avocado title

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Daniella
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Daniella

Hi, we bought three years ago, 2 hectares and still no title. We received an amendment of the contract to be signed, but are concerned about this company.

J. Keith Howie
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Hi,
I am a Simply Natural investor. Here is a travel blog that I write that has three articles about Simply Natural. Our experience has been highly favorable.
https://jkeithhowie.com/2016/10/23/mangos-money-and-more-chapter-3/

Andy
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Andy

Side topic on a similar subject; has anyone looked at teak plantation investments offered by Hardwood Unlimited?

Scott
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Scott

Hi Andy,
I am looking at a Hardwoods Unlimited investment now. Did you ever proceed and are you satisfied? The were referred to me by a trustworthy contact, but one can not be too careful.
Thank you.

Andy
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Andy

Hi Scott – I passed on this one in the end; more to do with timings involved than anything else.

James
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James

Visiting Simply natural in panama in February tour. Hoping for follow through on there part after they receive funds. Such as title plantings and selling of fruit with the 30/70 split of profits after expenses when the time comes. Plan seems great but I did dig up another company that fleeced folks out of 35k and delivered nothing and they had no recourse with a similar farm in a box scenario. Just looking for a reason to believe from an outsider who knows. I’ve ran a tree removal and trimming business for 30 years and looking for an investment for… Read more »

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Thomas Altum
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Thomas Altum

I’m also considering investing in an Avocado farm that Simply Natural has in Panama. Mangos are another option we may consider as well. The sales pitch and accompanying material sounds great. But having read about similar scams, like you, I’m trying to perform due diligence to ensure I don’t get fleeced out of money I can’t afford to lose. I was hoping some people who had gone this route before would be able to provide some guidance.

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Greg
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Greg

Hello James,
How did the visit go? Pleas tell us about the experience, and did you wire them all your cash?

Cheers,
Greg

Rob
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Andy
Did you ever get the title? Has anyone else invested?

Thanks
Rob

sekhars
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sekhars

I visited them in Feb 2017 and I am interested in Mango and Avacado farms I met their Campoorganico -the management team and he seems to be well informed. It is impressive to the least. Only worry in my part is not able to select the location of your plot as they decide it, though development is great and still needs to check the market aspect of the mangos and avacado’s as the sale pitch of 17% return has to be verified. It seems this will also qualify one for friendly visa of Panama, I am gathering more info and… Read more »

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Aaron
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Aaron

Hello, I’m also interested to invest in the avocado land. I’m thinking of visiting them in June. Can we talk offline?

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Bob
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Bob

Sekhars, I was looking at this as a way of fulfilling the friendly visa requirements for property/business ownership. Have you compiled any additional information that you could share?

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Greg
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Greg

I am also interested in the development, please contact me off line if you want to chat.
Harvest of avocados happen in April/May.

Alain
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Dear,

Is this facebook Group already active?

Kind regards
Alain

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D S
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D S

Hi Aaron –
I am also interested in investing in this and want to learn more. I have sent you a email to join the facebook group.

Thanks

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Garth
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Garth

I have invested in Simply Natural and am also awaiting title. I get put off alot when I inquire. Becoming concerned. How do I join the Facebook group.

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Mike M
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Mike M

Aaron
I am looking at this investment. Sent you an email to join the Facebook group. Have not heard a reply.
Thanks in advance for the information.

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Rob
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Rob

Is there really a Facebook Group? There is no active website for CPRPacific.com so not sure what is going on with that one.

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Omar Vargas
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Omar Vargas

Hello! Im looking to invest in simply natural I’ve been following the comments here and would like to hear from the guys that already invest and are getting return please add me to the facebook group

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Omar… I did a lot of research before investing and have received returns on my investment. I was so impressed with Simply Natural that I went to work for them last year. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can email me at: bogrady@simplynaturalrealestate.com. I look forward to assisting you.

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Lizz
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Lizz

Hi Omar, we have a group of investors discussing numerous Ag opportunities here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/agaltinvest/

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Robert
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Robert

I too am interested in the Avocado Investment. Do they start planting the tree’s on your plot even though you do not have title?
Thanks
Bob

Andy
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Andy

My understanding is they do not need to wait for title to start planting; they do this in parallel. So it does not delay returns.

I see they are also saying the first batch of investors have received returns on intercropping; this is unverified but looks promising if true!

William Packheiser
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William Packheiser

I did receive intercropping but also no title. My investment was through my self directed IRA and it gets more complicated.

Rob
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Rob

I am very close to investing in the Avocado Farm with Simply Natural but am concerned about the discussion concerning delays in obtaining title. Doesn’t sound like anybody has actually received title yet. Has anyone started receiving any returns at all from previous offerings from this company?

Rob
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Rob

To all who have posted on this page – I have not had any luck with the Facebook page that Aaron was supposed to have set up. So I have set up a Group on Facebook to discuss any questions you have. I myself am very close to investing in the Avocado farm. I am no expert in this area – I simply set up a group to see if I can help facilitate questions and discussions. The group name is Investing in International Agriculture. Just search it out on Facebook and request to join. Whether you want to vent… Read more »

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AMARNATH VENKATASWAMY
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AMARNATH VENKATASWAMY

I am planning to sign the agreement this week.
Let me know if you find anything wrong in this investment.

Yves Sautter
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Yves Sautter

Hi Rob, I could not locate the “Investing in International Agriculture” group on FB. Is it live and running?

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Alex
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There’s a great Facebook group which discusses the Simply Natural Investment Opportunity. Based on the facts discovered, I didn’t feel comfortable making the investment. Any other ag investment suggestions? Thanks!

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Scott Christie
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Scott Christie

could you briefly describe the facts you discovered?

Ryan
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The facebook group for Alternative Investments (including Simply Natural) can be found via the link attached. I found the feedback by Alex on July 20th to be quite helpful and insightful. I too have passed.

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Ryan
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Ooops, I forgot to attach link in previous email.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/simplynaturalinvestors/

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi there, it seems this facebook page is down.

Greg Barlow
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Greg Barlow

Hello Kyie,
What can you share about the company and its principals?

Thx,
Greg

Kylie
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Kylie

Hi Greg, sorry, just saw your reply now. Did you see the posts on the FB Group? This will probably answer your questions.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/simplynaturalinvestors/

Brian
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Brian

After a lot of research, meeting with the president of Simply Natural in Panama City, independent meetings with ag investment brokers, visiting the farm twice, and having the contracts reviewed by my attorney, I have made four separate investments with SN. I received my first payments this year and I am very impressed with the administrative staff, the management and the farm team. I grew up around agriculture so I feel confident in my due diligence. Some of the things to consider are reliable access to water (they are located on a major river, which they have legal access to,… Read more »

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O.D.
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Very intersting post.. thank you. SO they did $125 Million USD in business last year… but paid out to investors exactly half of projected payment… how strange… I also bought a couple of hectares and have been waiting for the title for 2,5 years instead of promised 6 months… i am very nervous … and have heard that some land in Panama is Right of Posession and cannot even be titled… ?

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Brian
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I get being nervous. But remember, this is Panama. Nothing moves fast and SN is at the mercy of a bureaucracy that moves slower than molasses and where manana doesn’t mean tomorrow, it means just not today. From start to finish, it took me 9 months to get my residency. And our parcels first need to be registered with the provinci