Transcontinental earns triple chain of custody certification



    MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Transcontinental Inc. today announced it
has received triple chain of custody certification in all 45 of its facilities
in Canada and the United States. This certification designates that the
process by which paper is made promotes sustainable forest management
standards. Transcontinental has been certified by the Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for the
Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
    Transcontinental clients in Canada and the United States will have their
work designated with the appropriate FSC, SFI or PEFC logo when work is
printed on certified paper, which ensures the process by which the paper is
made promotes well managed forests. These printed pieces can be tracked from
the harvesting of the wood through distribution as part of a chain of custody
process, and ensures that only papers that have been certified are printed
with the appropriate logo.
    "Transcontinental is committed to sustainable development and we are
proud that our facilities have earned triple chain of custody certification,"
said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transcontinental
Inc. "In 2007, we introduced a Paper Purchasing Policy in order to offer our
customers choices suited to their environmental goals, and this certification
is an extension of our commitment."
    The third party audit was performed by SmartWood for FSC and by
PriceWaterhouseCoopers for PEFC and SFI.

    About Transcontinental

    Transcontinental provides printing, publishing and marketing services
that deliver exceptional value to its clients and provide a unique, integrated
platform for them to reach and retain their target audiences. Transcontinental
is the largest printer in Canada and sixth-largest in North America. It is
also the country's leading publisher of consumer magazines and French-language
educational resources, its second-largest community newspaper publisher, and
its digital platform delivers unique content through more than 120 Web sites.
Its Marketing Communications Sector provides advertising services and
marketing products using new communications platforms supported by database
analytics, premedia, email marketing, and custom communications.
Transcontinental is a growing company with a culture of continuous improvement
and financial discipline, whose values, including respect, innovation and
integrity, are central to its operation.
    Transcontinental (TSX: TCL.A, TCL.B) has approximately 15,000 employees
in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and reported revenues of C$2.4
billion in 2008. For more information about the Corporation, please visit
www.transcontinental.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Nessa Prendergast, Director, Media
Relations, Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2809,
nessa.prendergast@transcontinental.ca, www.transcontinental.com; Financial
Community: Jennifer F. McCaughey, Director, Investor Relations,
Transcontinental Inc., (514) 954-2821, jennifer.mccaughey@transcontinental.ca

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