Charleston-based Rewined Candles recognized for export growth

Employees of Charleston-based Rewined Candles package up the final product.

Charleston-based Rewined Candles has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce for its growing export business that now sends products to 42 international markets.

Mayor John Tecklenburg presented the company with an Export Achievement Certificate, a federal award that recognizes small- and medium-sized businesses that have created sales in new markets.

“Rewined’s success overseas shows that the world wants what Charleston companies are selling,” Dorette Coetsee, director of the U.S. Commercial Service offices in South Carolina, said in a statement. “Goods and services from all over South Carolina are defined by quality and creativity, and global consumers recognize that.”

The company, which makes candles from recycled wine bottles, now employs 75 people. Export sales so far this year have already eclipsed 2015 totals by more than $700,000.

“We’ve started exporting to four new markets already this year, and we’re in negotiation with three more,” Tristan Roquette, Rewined’s export manager, said in a statement. Roquette cited the federal Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the Commerce Department, and World Trade Center Charleston, a division of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce which helps small business learn to export goods, for their help in the company’s success.

The award was presented at the Global South Metro Exchange in Greenville, which brought business leaders from Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston and Greenville together to discuss global marketing strategies.

“With 95 percent of global consumers living outside the United States, it is crucial for U.S. companies to look for opportunities overseas,” Antwaun Griffin, a deputy assistant secretary of commerce, said in a statement.

Exports support 11.6 million jobs in the United States, and U.S. affiliates of foreign firms employ 6.1 million American workers.

South Carolina-based companies exported $30.9 billion in goods in 2015, supporting nearly 130,000 jobs in the state.

The Commercial Service has offices in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville to support S.C. companies interested in exporting their products and services.

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