Cohort Wholesale to commercialize Spear-Lep insecticide in Canada

Vestaron Corporation (Vestaron), The Peptide Company, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and Cohort Wholesale, based in Ancaster, Ontario have established a partnership that will see Cohort Wholesale lead the Canadian commercialization of Vestaron’s revolutionary Spear-Lep insecticide.


Using the power of peptides, Spear-Lep insecticide introduces new technology with a unique mode of action. As a biological solution, Spear-Lep delivers synthetic-level efficacy combined with flexible re-entry and pre-harvest intervals as well as exemption from maximum residue limits (MRLs). This new insecticide creates the opportunity to incorporate a new mode of action (IRAC Group 32) into fruit and vegetable insect management programs. 


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Cohort Wholesale in Canada,” commented Ben Cicora, Vestaron’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “We believe that the new Spear technology combined with Cohort’s market, customer and logistics expertise will be a powerful combination to introduce Spear-Lep and future products into Canada.” 


“Spear-Lep is the first new neuromuscular insecticide technology to be introduced in agriculture in the last 14 years,” added Scott Hodgins, manager of Cohort Wholesale. “It is a privilege for our team to be able to introduce it to Canadian retailers and growers.” 


Spear-Lep has been submitted to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for registration which is anticipated in time for the 2022 growing season. 


Source:  Cohort Wholesale and Vestaron November 8, 2021 news release 

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