A Charleston-based business named Rewined which fashions sustainable candles from recycled wine bottles — and which attracted the attention of the U.S. Department of Commerce for its export activity — now boasts clients across 42 global market sectors.
The innovative company markets repurposed wine bottle candles with scents reminiscent of wine varietals. The candles are made using all natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and custom fragrances. Established in 2009, Rewined employs 75 staffers, and its exports in 2016 thus far have exceeded 2015 figures by over $700,000 with the year only slightly more than half over.
“We’ve started exporting to four new markets already this year, and we’re in negotiation with three more,” Tristan Roquette, the company’s export manager, said.
Roquette acknowledged the U.S. Commercial Service, which serves as the federal Commerce Department’s trade promotion branch, along with World Trade Center Charleston — a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce that helps small businesses to understand how to export goods — for their help in the company’s success.
Having collected a coveted Milestone Award at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Honors Night, Rewined Candles also recently completed the Chamber’s Export Charleston training program under its brand collective, Formatical.
“Rewined Candles … told us that their motto was 'Every Day' reminding employees to improve something, challenge themselves, learn from mistakes and take pride in what they do every day,” the Chamber said. “We are proud to see that Rewined continues to embody the excellence in entrepreneurship, community contribution and involvement that they have exhibited all along.”