15 Centuries-Old Companies From Around The World That Are Still In Operation

15 Centuries-Old Companies From Around The World That Are Still In Operation

There are two things we learned while compiling this list. Lesson one; If you want a long-lasting business, get into hospitality, candy, or booze. And Lesson two; Japanese companies can really go the distance. Excluding governments, educational, and religious institutions, there are currently 5,500 companies on Earth that are over 200 years old. 3,146 of those are Japanese. Not to ruin the ending, but the top 5 oldest still-operational companies right now are located in Japan. That’s pretty impressive.

In recently learning this, there’s something funny about clothing companies sporting Est. 1981 on their shirts (lookin’ at you, Guess Jeans). Not to take away from a newer company’s lasting impact — all the best to ‘em — but like, 42 years? Talk to us in 1,445 years. Man, being a know-it-all about something you learned moments ago is fun! Anyway, that’s the kind of numbers we’re working with, so here are 15 of some of the oldest still-operational companies on planet Earth.

When people don’t know an exact date, you know it’s old.

CRACKED THE WORLD'S OLDEST MILL. The first record of the Otterton Mill in Budleigh Salterton, England was in the Domesday book by King William the Conqueror in 1068 AD. They say that it was milling flour long before then. 1000'S AD

Blue Bag Nomads

Capitalizing on tourism has been done for a long time.

CRACKED THE WORLD'S OLDEST CANDY SHOP. Ichimonjiya Wasuke is a Japanese confectionary store that opened in the year 1000 AD to sell sweets to visitors of the Imamiya Shrine. As of December 2020, it is still operated by a 24th-generation descendant. 1000 AD EM 24 1 g 8.2349 с D nes S K

GWR / Zaubee 

We bet they’re a little irked that Ireland’s bar is a tad older.

CRACKED BRITAIN'S OLDEST PUB. The 10th oldest company in the world, The Bingley Arms in Bardsey, England dates back to 953 AD. At the time, England hadn't crowned its first King, and Vikings were conquering parts of the country. 952 AD THE BINGLEY ARMS ... ENTRANCE

Bingley Arms

Germany has an older winery than Italy and France.

CRACKED THE WORLD'S OLDEST WINERY. Staffelter Hof, a winery in the small town of Krov, Germany, was established in 862 AD. In 1805, the government gave ownership to vineyard manager Peter Schneiders, and it has remained in his family ever since. 862 AD CONFERIMVS EIS EXIGVITATEM VINI LA Stavelot vary STYFETTER Ho

Prestige Online

Don’t worry, we’re sure they’ve changed the menu since 803 AD.

CRACKED THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD. Stiftskeller St. Peter in Salzburg, Austria was founded in 803 AD, and claims to have served Christopher Columbus and Mozart. It is the 6th oldest company in the world (and the oldest company not found in Japan). 803 AD

Peter Fisk / Salzburg 

The wedding industry and the death industry share a common ancestor.

CRACKED THE WORLD'S OLDEST PAPER COMPANY. The 5th oldest company is Genda Shigyo, a Japanese ceremonial paper company founded in 771 AD. They specialize in mizuhiki - colorful paper twisted into cords for weddings and funerals. 771 AD 1 474

Peter Fisk / Tofugu 

This Buddhist temple construction company must be getting pretty good by now.

CRACKED THE OLDEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD. The Japanese construction company Kongo Gumi was founded in 578 AD by Shigemitsu Kongo, who was commissioned by Prince Shotoku to build a Buddhist temple. Over 14 centuries later, they continue to specialize in Buddhist temples. 578 AD

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