Speaker Profile

Backman (Peter)

Peter Backman

Managing Director, Horizons

Peter is the Managing Director of Horizons, an expert on the structure and dynamics of the foodservice sector, and its supply chain, in the UK and across Europe. He is responsible for the company’s vision and driving the business forward. He has been involved, as a researcher and consultant within the sector, for over 31 years blending his knowledge with a deep understanding of the trends, key players and challenges of organisations with an interest in foodservice. 

He regularly speaks at conferences worldwide and his views are sought by television, radio, the Bank of England and the press. Peter has many innovations to his credit having been the first person to define the structure of the eating out market in the terms which are now widely used by the industry, as well as the most extensive database model of the foodservice sector. 

Peter is the past Chairman of Arena, the pan-industry networking organisation that he was instrumental in setting up twenty five years ago. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a member of the Market Research Society. 

He is happily married, the proud father of two grandchildren and when not at work, can be found in the gym or investigating his family history.