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20 World’s Oldest Companies Still In Business

Mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies constantly changing business world map. Some companies survive a few years, some are closed after a few months. However, there are many examples of companies that survived for centuries and they still operating.

According to Tokyo Shoko Research today operate at least more than 5500 companies that have more than 200 years. Among them, more than 3100 have Japanese origin. Check out our list of 20 world’s oldest companies still in business.

1. Hirter – 1270 AD

The Hirter beer is a brand of beer produced in Carinthia, Austria since 1270.

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2. Frapin – 1270 AD

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Frapin is a Cognac producer based in the town of Segonzac, in the heart of the Grande Champagne region of France. It was established in 1270.

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3. Wieliczka Salt Mine – 1250 AD

St. Kinga’s Chapel, deep in the Wieliczka salt mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine (Polish: Kopalnia soli Wieliczka), located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland. Opened in the 13th century, the mine produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest salt mines in operation. The mine’s attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The mine is one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments.

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4. The Bear Inn – 1242 AD

The Bear Inn (or just “The Bear”) is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford, England, dating back to 1242. Its circa-17th century incarnation stands on the corner of Alfred Street and Blue Boar Street, opposite Bear Lane in the centre of Oxford, just north of Christ Church.

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5. Angel and Royal – 1203 AD

The Angel and Royal is a hotel in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England which has been in operation since 1203, making it one of the oldest hotels in the world. The hotel is known to have hosted a large number of royals in the past.

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6. Sakan Ryokan – 1160 AD

Sakan Ryokan or “Hotel Sakan” is an historic ryokan (Japanese inn) located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The inn was established in 1160. It is located within the spa resort named “Akiu Spa,” which has four communal onsen (baths) that are supplied by natural hot springs. The hot springs are one of the three oldest ones in Japan.

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7. Sudo Honke – 1141 AD

Sudo Honke is a Japanese manufacturer of sake. Founded in 1141 and run by the 55th generation of the Sudo family, it is the oldest sake brewery in Japan and one of the oldest companies in the world.

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8. The Olde Bell – 1135 AD

The Olde Bell is a hotel and public house in Hurley, Berkshire, England, located on the bank of the River Thames. The Old Bell was founded in 1135 as the hostelry of Hurley Priory. The hotel contains a secret tunnel leading to the village priory which was used by John Lovelace, who was involved in the Glorious Revolution to overthrow King James II in the 17th century. The hotel was also used as a meeting point for Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. Due to its proximity to Pinewood Studios, the inn has seen a number of movie-star guests, including Mae West, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

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9. Zum Roten Bären – 1120 AD

Roten Baren’s Restaurant sign

Zum roten Bären (translation: to the red bear) is the oldest hotel in Germany. The foundations of the hotel predate the founding of the town of Freiburg by the dukes of the House of Zähringen in 1120.

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10. Schloss Johannisberg – 1100 AD

Schloss Johannisberg within its vineyards

Schloss Johannisberg is a castle and winery in the village of Johannisberg to the west of Wiesbaden, Hesse, in the Rheingau wine-growing region of Germany. It has been making wine for over 900 years. The winery is most noted for its claim to have “discovered” late harvest wine.

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11. Takahan Ryokan – 1075 AD

Takahan Ryokan is an historic ryokan (Japanese inn) located in Yuzawa, Japan. The inn was established in 1075. It has an onsen (bath) called “Tamago no Yu” (English: egg-water) that is supplied by natural hot springs with a slight amount of sulfur.

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12. Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei – 1050 AD

Weltenburg Abbey brewery (Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei) is by some reckonings the oldest monastic brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050.

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13. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan – 1040 AD

The Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan) is a German brewery located on the site of the former Weihenstephan Abbey in Freising, Bavaria, Germany.

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14. Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli – 1040 AD

The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli (or Marinelli Pontifical Foundry, Marinelli Bell Foundry) is the successor of a bell foundry already at work in Agnone, Italy in 1040. The bell foundry is considered Italy’s oldest family business and among the three oldest family businesses worldwide. In addition to a bell foundry, it is an artisan foundry that produces bronze portals, bas-reliefs, church artifacts, and bell restorations.

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15. Château de Goulaine – 1000 AD

Modern glasshouses contrast with 16th century stonework at the Château de Goulaine

The Château de Goulaine is a former castle, now a château, in the Loire Valley located near Nantes, France. This castle has been home to the family of the marquis de Goulaine for over a thousand years. Château de Goulaine is also the estate-bottled wine produced at the château.

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16. The Bingley Arms – 953 AD

The Bingley Arms is a public house in Bardsey, Leeds, England. It was originally named The Priests Inn. The Bingley Arms calls itself the oldest pub in Britain and says that it served as a safe house for persecuted Catholic priests, and also as a courthouse from around AD 1000 from which offenders were taken to the pillory across the road.

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17. Sean’s Bar – 900 AD

Sean’s Bar is a pub in Athlone, Ireland. It claims to be the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 900 A.D. Sean’s Bar is located at 13 Main Street, Athlone, on the west Bank of the River Shannon, and was originally known as Luain’s Inn.

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18. Staffelter Hof – 862 AD

Staffelter Hof is a family run winery, distillery and guest house situated in the small town of Kröv, Germany.

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19. Stiftskeller St. Peter – 803 AD

Stiftskeller St. Peter is a restaurant within the monastery walls of St. Peter’s Archabbey, Salzburg, Austria. It is claimed to be the oldest inn in Central Europe because of a supposed documentary mention of it by the scholar Alcuin in 803 AD. Both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christopher Columbus are said to have been served at the restaurant.

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20. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan – 705 AD

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (西山温泉慶雲館)[1] is a hot spring hotel in Hayakawa, Japan. Founded in 705 AD, it is the oldest hotel and one of the oldest companies in operation. It has been continuously operated by 52 generations of the same family (including adopted heirs) for over 1,300 years.

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