According to the AFP news agency, McDonald’s will open the outlet in the middle of next year, near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India. The global chain, which is the world’s second biggest food outlet after Subway, says that this is their first vegetarian outlet. The chain plans to open another vegetarian outlet in North-Western India, near the Vaishno Devi cave shrine in Kashmir, which is a Hindu pilgrimage site that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. In India, most people prefer vegetarian dishes, with Hindus seeing cows as sacred and avoid beef, while Muslims view pigs as unclean and avoid pork. In India, its menu is typically 50% vegetarian. A spokesman for McDonald’s in northern India, Rajesh Kumar Maini, told the AFP news agency: “There is a big opportunity for vegetarian restaurants as many Indians are vegetarian. “At the moment, India is still a very small market – we just have 271 restaurants in India, and across the world, we have nearly 33,000.”]]>

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