Top 10 Oldest Brands in the world!

Adnan Morbiwala
5 min readMay 6, 2023

The age of these brands will surprise you :D

Source : Brandwagon

Kongo Gumi — Founded in 578 AD in Japan, Kongo Gumi is the world’s oldest continuously operating company. It is a construction company that has been run by the same family for over 1,400 years.

Interesting Trivia, the company survived 2 atomic bombs, in 2006 the company became a part of the Takamatsu Construction Group on account of Financial Difficulties.

Stiftsbrauerei St. Peter — Founded in 1040 AD in Austria, Stiftsbrauerei St. Peter is one of the oldest breweries in the world. They have been brewing beer for over 980 years.

Interesting Trivia, The brewery uses water from its own well, which is fed by a nearby mountain spring, to brew its beers. Stiftsbrauerei St. Peter is still owned and operated by the Benedictine monks of St. Peter’s Abbey, who oversee every aspect of the brewing process.

Weihenstephan is one of the oldest breweries in the world, with a history dating back to 1040.

Interesting Trivia, Weihenstephan’s flagship beer is its Hefe Weissbier, which has won numerous awards for its distinctive flavor and aroma.The brewery has been owned and operated by the Bavarian state since 1921, making it one of the oldest state-owned breweries in Germany.

Twinnings — Twinings is one of the oldest tea companies in the world, with a history dating back to 1706.The company was founded by Thomas Twining, who opened the first Twinings tea shop on the Strand in London.

Interesting Trivia, Twinings has a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which means that it supplies tea to the royal household.

Sean’s Bar — Founded in 900 AD in Ireland, Sean’s Bar is the oldest pub in Ireland and one of the oldest in the world. They have been serving drinks for over 1,120 years.

Interesting Trivia, The bar was originally established as a small tavern for the local community and was known as “Luain’s Inn”.The bar is decorated with a range of historical artifacts, including old coins, bottles, and even a section of the original wattle and daub wall.

Not your traditional brand, but a brand in its own right :D

Zildjian — Founded in 1623 AD in Turkey, Zildjian is the world’s oldest manufacturer of cymbals. They have been producing cymbals for over 400 years.

Interesting Trivia, Zildjian’s secret alloy, used to make their cymbals, is said to have been passed down through the Zildjian family for generations, and is closely guarded to this day.

Taittinger — Founded in 1734 AD in France, Taittinger is one of the oldest Champagne houses in the world. They have been producing Champagne for over 287 years.

Interesting Trivia, The company was founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux, but it wasn’t until 1932 that the Taittinger family purchased the business and began producing champagne under the Taittinger name.

The Hudsons Bay Company — a Canadian retail business that was founded in 1670, making it one of the oldest companies in North America. HBC expanded into a wide range of retail businesses over the years, including department stores, discount stores, and supermarkets. Today, HBC is best known for its flagship brand, Hudson’s Bay, which is a chain of department stores across Canada.

Interesting Trivia, The Hudson’s Bay Company played a significant role in the colonization of Canada, as its trading posts became the centers of many early settlements in the country.

Guinness- is an Irish beer brand that was first brewed in 1759, making it one of the oldest beer brands in the world.

Interesting Trivia,The Guinness World Records, which is a book of world records that was first published in 1955, was created by the managing director of Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Beaver. The book was originally designed to settle pub arguments and provide entertainment for customers.

Cadbury — a British confectionery brand that was founded in 1824 by John Cadbury. The company is known for its wide range of chocolates and sweets, including Dairy Milk, Flake, and Crunchie, and has a long history of innovation in the confectionery industry.

Interesting Trivia, Cadbury has a long history of social responsibility and has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives over the years. In 1901, the company established the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership, which aims to promote sustainable cocoa farming practices and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in developing countries.

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Adnan Morbiwala

The guy who talks about random stuff. I'm a passionate Marketer who is also the events guy.