With plant-based eating going global, the world’s largest fast food company is cashing in by opening two all-vegetarian restaurant locations in Southern Asia’s largest country. The franchise’s first plant-based restaurants will be in the Indian towns of Amritsar and Katra, two of the nation’s holiest regions. The decision to open the new shops is part of the company’s three-year plan to double the number of locations in India and follows the success of two other fast food giants opening all vegetarian shops nearby. Just days before McDonald’s announcement, Subway announced its opening of an exclusively vegetarian store in India’s Punjab state, and Domino’s Pizza, the nation’s largest and most successful fast food giant, has multiple all-veg eateries in the regions of Gujarat and Mumbai.
McDonald’s has already been offering multiple plant-based options to diners throughout the country, including its McVeggie burger and McAloo Tikki, a patty of spicy mashed potatoes which accounts for 25 percent of the company’s sales in the country.