Ceva Logistics has kept its drive into pharmaceuticals on the road with a renewed three-year transport and five-year warehousing deal with medical nutrition provider Nutricia.

The win coincides with the logistics firm opening its newly refurbished 132,000ft² facility at Redditch, which has been certified by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency as a safe and secure component of a medical supply chain.

The Nutricia contract sees Ceva provide the warehousing and distribution of medical nutritional feed products for both pharmaceutical wholesalers and home-bound patients.

Under the deal, pharmacists operating from a registered pharmacy based at Ceva’s Redditch warehouse, will dispense prescriptions, check home delivery orders and clinically check all prescriptions.

Ceva’s client private hospital group BMI Healthcare is also set to move to the new specialist facility where CEVA will continue to provide warehousing and distribution for its medicines and hospital consumable goods.

The company said other “further healthcare customers” will be operating from the Redditch site before the end of the year.

Ceva's executive vice president UK, Ireland and Nordics, Michael O'Donoghue said: “In order to provide logistics service to the healthcare market, you must meet strict regulations and compliance standards and by making this investment in our Redditch facility, we are ready and approved to meet the demands of the market.

"We have equipped Ceva with a state-of-the-art showcase site that will meet the exact requirements of our healthcare customers both now and in the future.

"We have built up strong partnerships with our clients in this industry and we are looking forward to seeing this new facility strengthen and add value to their supply chains,” he added.

Ceva's fleet stands at 1,000 vehicles and 1,300 trailers.