CHICAGO — The fast-casual restaurant sub-segment is not nearly as developed in Canada as it is in the United States, according to market researchers at Technomic.

Among the other findings in the researcher’s "2007 Technomic Top 100 Canadian Chain Restaurant Report" include that among the top 200 Canadian restaurant chains, limited-service concepts dominate the market and represented nearly 73% of sales and 86% of units in 2006.

Additional analysis includes that the largest Canadian chain is Tim Hortons, which had an estimated $3.7 billion in sales and more than 2,600 units last year.

Eating healthy, being aware of trans-fats, and a strong interest in natural and organic foods also is becoming increasingly important to Canadian consumers.