Investing in “Simple Passive” Chocolate Farms

 

What’s better than kicking the dirt in Belize for Cocoa??? Going with the Simple Passive Cashflow Crowd! This is the form for the Waiting list for next group tour.

In 2016, I met this Irish guy (Darren Doyle) at the bar at my Syndication mastermind meetings and he told me about this idea turnkey investment owning cashflowing coffee parcels in Panama with completely turnkey operators on-site to optimize the investment. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-doyle-8539b1a2/)

I bought a parcel of those Panama Coffee farms in 2017 and later visited the farms. See the Coffee Info Page here.  For some strange reason I have tended to buy first then visit the deal much like how I did with my turnkey rentals.

We are pleased that you are interested in owning a parcel of your very own fine/flavor organic cacao farm in Belize.

Along with this email we are pleased to attach a free Cacao Farm Ownership Summary for your review. Written like an FAQ it covers most of the general questions we get asked.

WHY OWN YOUR OWN CACAO FARM PARCELS?
Initially, there are 5 solid business reasons for you to consider, that we believe make Peini Cacao a unique and attractive real estate ownership opportunity:
1.  Chocolate is a PROVEN PRODUCT…with sustainable and growing demand and limited supply, worldwide. A $98.3 billion industry worldwide. Our business model allows you to participate alongside us from “seed to bean to bar”!
2.   YOU OWN THE LAND…an appreciating real hard asset, deeded to you, safe and secure, private and offshore. Diversify your portfolio away from traditional real estate and into productive farmland.
3.   Your cacao farm parcels are professionally operated for you…TURNKEY EXPERIENCED MANAGEMENT in-place since 2016. Cacao nursery, farms, processing facilities, factory and 2 retail stores already fully operational. Farming, processing, marketing and sales all done for you.
4.    You will participate in the DOWNSTREAM REVENUE generated from cacao trading as well as high end, handmade artisanal chocolate products. Sold both nationally and internationally, wholesale and retail.
5.   You earn a sustainable long-term income…averaging 11.9% annually (proforma IRR) for a long period of time. Well managed cacao plantations can operate successfully for generations offering a legacy investment for your family and heirs. We are working with nature, so returns start out slow, but reach 10% by year 5, 16% by year 10, 22% by year 15 and up to 28% by year 20.
And finally, one of the very important reasons we are in the cacao business in Belize is:
PEINI CACAO´S REAL SOCIAL IMPACT
You are directly involved in improving the lives of the native Maya Indian cacao farmers of Belize by helping us to provide them with good honest work, fair wages and medical and pension benefits.

Peini Cacao reserves a full 20% of gross operating profits to provide a bonus pool from which such benefits may be provided to our workers.

We also provide a channel to market for 204 independent subsistence farmers by buying their wet cacao beans every week during harvest season as well as supplying training and FREE saplings as part of our sustainability program.

This unique program in the cacao industry is a shared responsibility of the cacao farm parcel Owners and the principals of Peini Cacao to ensure a better life for our workers…at least 1 farm at a time!

The Peini Cacao Management Team
The Peini Cacao team is very familiar with the financing, acquisition and operations of specialty agriculture farms in Central and South America; and the management of specialty chocolate manufacturing and retail operations.

Since June of 2014 David Sewell has, with Co-Founder Darren Doyle, led the startup and development of International Coffee Farms (ICFC) in Panama to its current stage, with the first farm in Panama acquired in January 2015 and the 11th acquired, in October 2018.

ICFC successfully completed its first 3 coffee harvests (2015/2016, 2016/17 and 2017/18), sold the entire crop each year, made its first 3 years earnings pool distributions and has deeded parcels to Owners, all in its first 4 years of operations. ICFC has started its 4th annual coffee harvest – the crop year 2018/19 with the 4th year’s distributions due the Fall of 2019.

ICFC General Manager of Farming Operation, Andres Lopez, and his team of Agronomists and Biologists implement our “art of cacao science” here in Belize with the same expertise and dedication as they do in Panama. Mixing traditional Mayan methods with our modern, scientific approach, we are taking cacao farming in Belize into the 21st century.

Peini Cacao has made its 1st years annual distribution in October 2018 after it’s first successful year of operations and is on target to make the 2nd annual distribution in the Fall of 2019.

Left: Andres Lopez, Right: Samuel Tsui
Adding to the experience and depth of the Peini team, and the Mahogany Chocolate management and operating team, is Executive Chocolate Maker Armando Choco.  Armando has been working in all aspects of the cacao industry in Belize for more than 15 years and has full creative control over the chocolate products we produce as well as quality control of our beans from the seed to the roasted bean.

To learn about the rest of our team click here to visit the About Us page on our website.

David Sewell (left, our Founder) and Luis Armando Choco (right, our Executive Chocolate Maker) with Eladeo Pop, a local charismatic cacao farmer.
CACAO FARM PARCEL OWNERSHIP
Your opportunity is to own 0.5-acre parcels in cacao farms in Belize.

We have acquired 6 plantations in the Toledo district of southern Belize totaling 204 acres with 190 acres of property suitable for cacao – giving us 380 – 0.5-acre parcels. 3 of these farms were fully planted in late 2017 with the 3 newest farms due to be planted come rainy season of 2019.

THE PRICE
The current price is $24,500 per 0.5-acre parcel plus 5% government property transfer taxes. This one time, turn-key cost includes the purchase price of the land and all the costs of developing the property. There are no future taxes, charges or fees associated with your parcel ownership in Belize.

Multiple contiguous parcels are available with discounts for 3 and 6 parcel packs. Contact us for details.

THE TIMING
Parcels are available for Immediate Ownership and on a first come, first served basis.

If you have an interest in owning a part of your own professionally managed fine flavor/organic cacao farm in Belize and think an average annual return of 11.9%, with cash flow beginning within 15 months is a good idea, you can contact me at darrend@AgroNosotros.com to find out more about our business model and to see if it is a good fit for you and your portfolio.

PEINI GROUP CACAO FARM TOUR
Attendees on our Cacao Farm Group Tour.
Peini Cacao hosts 3 Group Coffee Farm Tours every year. They are designed to give you the opportunity to meet the team, walk the farms, learn about the Belizean people and Maya culture and see if owning a parcel in one of our farms is a good fit for you.

If you would like to come to Belize and “kick the trees” while learning how we operate a vertically integrated, sustainable cacao company, while meeting some amazing like-minded individuals, then check out our Farm Tour page on the website by clicking this link.

GETTING STARTED…
To learn more about what we do and to see if owning a parcel in your very own cacao farm in Belize is right for you, if you wish, let me know a time and date that suits your schedule and we can set up a call. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

On our website you can learn all about our current farms, our nursery, processing facilities and the varietals of cacao we have now and will be planting. As well as how we practice our unique “art of cacao science”

As part of your introduction pack you will be receiving 2 more emails to help you understand what we do and why we do it. They will contain links to podcasts and videos.

If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email us anytime.

Once completed you will be granted access to our Exclusive Members area where all the due diligence material is kept.

You will also find additional reports, client testimonials and regular updated ownership information.

Now, let me give you a brief overview of our business model and how this opportunity works.

The IRR is calculated over a 20-year period. The average annual return (IRR) over that 20 years is 11.9%. Cash flow starts in about 15 months.

Once you see the financial projections you will see that the returns start out slowly in the early years and grow year on year to well above the proforma 11.9%.

This is agriculture and it takes time. Nature won’t be rushed!

A 20-year horizon is the industry standard for calculating an IRR in opportunities such as this. However, the farms and Peini Cacao will continue to produce amazing fine flavor organic cacao, chocolate products and sustainable passive cash flow well past the 20-year mark and for generations to come.

Offering a true legacy investment for your heirs.

The farms we have acquired are in the areas of Toledo and Stann Creek, Southern Belize’s world-famous cacao producing regions. Cacao has been grown here since the Maya first discovered it and the land has all the natural conditions to produce world class, fine flavored/organic cacao.

Right altitude, rich soil, the perfect amount of rainfall, sunshine, humidity and the ideal micro-climates.

However due to lack of capital most of the farms in this area not reaching anywhere near their full potential. In fact, many are abandoned.

Our plan was not rocket science, but by investing much needed capital, introducing good farming practices and management techniques and by utilizing modern processing machinery combined with a liberal application of current “cacao science” and know-how, we are getting this land planted and operating to its maximum potential, resulting in plenty of upside potential for everyone involved.

Feliciano Pop, our Peini Farm Manager, at our San Jose 50 acre organic cacao farm.
That includes our parcel Owners, our workers, ourselves, the current 204 native Maya cacao farmers we are working with and the surrounding community.

The ripple effect is quite large, and the tangible signs are noticeable as we have already injected over $1.5 Million into the local economy.

To ensure that we were providing a solution and not contributing to the problem, we joined forces with a group of Maya cacao farmers called the Na’Lu’um Cacao Institute. They have been established to educate the local subsistence farmers and help them break the circle of poverty they are in by training them and finding buyers for their beans.

Peini Cacao is helping provide training and FREE saplings, as well as a steady, reliable buyer of their beans and at a fair price, so that they can earn a decent living and support their families.

All 204 farmers who have signed up to our Socially Sustainable Bean Buying program have now been certified organic under our banner. In 2018 we supplied 30,000 cacao saplings to these farmers to plant out their farms with another 30,000 scheduled to be provided in 2019.

In 2017 and to date in 2019 we have purchased and processed around 60 metric tonnes of cacao from these farmers. We are there every single weekend during buying season and we pay on time.

This is not commonplace in the cacao industry in Belize where farmers are often left with no channel to market when underfunded NGOs fail to turn up on buying day. One of the main reasons why they were not previously motivated to fully plant their land.

Left: Sowing in progress in our 24,000 square foot nursery.
Right: One of our drying racks and roll-out decks filled with drying cacao beans.
All of the cacao beans we acquire are processed in our centralized, purpose-built fermentation and drying depot before being sun dried to a specific moisture content of 6.5 to 7.5% in our traditional Maya style drying beds.

These fermented and dried beans are being sold internationally to bean buyers in Europe, Asia as well as CARICOM market.

Discussions are ongoing to also supply cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao powder and many other cacao related products world-wide.

Many of the beans are being processed into finished chocolate bars, bon bons, truffles and other chocolate products at Mahogany Chocolate and are available in our store located in Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club.

We also created and launched 2 new chocolate bars, the 72% dark chocolate Belizean and 50% dark-milk chocolate Brukdown, that are currently available in 48 retail locations nationwide, including Belize International Airport.

Relationships
We have built strategic relationships in the US, Europe an Asia to help promote our brand and Belizean cacao around the world. One such relationship is Werner Ruegsegger, a Swiss Chocolate Maker with 45 years of experience in the chocolate, confectionary and baking industry.

All of us working together to revive the Belizean cacao industry, to produce amazing Belizean cacao and chocolate products and continue to help the local Maya farmers.

A rising tide floats all boats!  Win-win-win!
There is a lot more to discuss than we can fit in these emails so, if you like what you have seen so far and think owning cash flowing cacao farm parcels in Belize, with participation in the cacao trading and high end chocolate products would be a good fit for your portfolio, Ask me for the Suitability Questionnaire and you can further your due diligence in the Members area.

Email me at darrend@agronosotros.com or call us Toll Free from the US & Canada at 877-208-7988 and we can discuss the opportunity and your specific investment philosophy in more detail.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and having you join our rapidly growing Merry Band of Cacao Farmers in Belize.

Why Own Land?

The world’s wealthiest families have owned land.

Being a Land-Owner set you apart in society.

Going back to early civilization, when man learned how to produce food on his land and could produce more than he could consume, he then had excess which he could store and sell.

He now had savings and the ability to generate revenue. As well as the ability to feed his family.

Values of owning agricultural real estate still hold true today.

However, in today’s society we think that only the rich can afford the large swaths of land and large financial outlay needed to get into the business. That it is somehow out of the reach of the regular guy on the street.

Why Agricultural Real Estate?

When you are looking to acquire traditional investment real estate, the local Market is the key indicator.

You need tenants and tenants need jobs. What are the schools, tax policies even the weather like in that area.

Everything is Local.

When you are looking for agricultural real estate, you identify land in the country that has the best growing conditions, and you sell the crop that you produce to any country in the world where the demand exists.

Everything is now Global.

And remember, you are producing Food, a staple that every human being the world over needs daily, in a world where the population is increasing, and the availability of arable land is decreasing.

An agriculture boom is forming, said Jim Rogers, who intends to invest in agriculture more than in Amazon.com Inc. (The Edge Financial Daily, Singapore.)

 

Why Own Land Offshore?

Apart from the obvious reasons of diversifying your assets outside your home country so that you do not have all your eggs in one basket, you simply may not be able to grow the in-demand, high-value crop in your home country.

Specialty Coffee and Fine Flavor Cacao do not grow in Canada, Ireland or the US but they do grow in Panama and Belize!

Another reason for owning coffee farm parcels in Panama and cacao farm parcels in Belize is due to the way our business model is structured, there is no leverage.

As an active real estate investor leverage is good, financing is good. But financing also blows air into already over-inflated market and commodity bubbles.

No leverage means no air and less risk of collapse.

 

***Updated 10/24/2018 – Q&A Webinar***

  1. What’s the succession plan for when he steps down, and how can we be assured high-quality management of our parcels long-term?
  2. How big do they expect to grow the portfolio/how many farms do they plan to purchase?
  3. Does he know if the purchase of this land qualifies US citizens for a Friendly Nations Permanent Resident visa? Not needed
  4. Any concern on the legal side of this – foreign workers suing landowners, workplace injuries, etc.?  I know other countries aren’t as litigious as the US, but still…
  5. Your website states that cash flow typically begins in 15-18 months and is paid annually.  [Part of that is just me underpromising] When looking at the actual financial projections see that it says there is no cash flow until year 4…is this because they are only selling parcels on new farms now (and it takes time to acquire & develop them) or am I missing something?
  6. How are the payouts done? Parcel specific or averaged over the farm or farms?
are coffee and cacao similar returns?
  7. Have any original investors sold or selling their parcels?
  8. When filing taxes, what sort of tax documentation do we get at the end of the year? 1099? K-1!
  9. Purchased a parcel 9/2017 and have yet to receive any deed.  What are they doing to expedite the process for new investors?
  10. Biggest Threats/Risks… disease etc?
  11. The life cycle of coffee trees and farm rotation/replanting plans?
  12. What is Specialty Coffee and why does it sell for a premium?
  13. Was there was a note on the site about not sharing audited financials. is that true?
  14. How do we calculate the return/ IRR?
  15. Deeding process?
  16. Is there any discount if simplepassivecashflow members buy as a group?
  17. Will there be equal number / percentage of geisha trees planted on each farm, since that will likely impact the return?
  18. Share webinar with email or website?

 

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