The board of directors of Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises, the franchisor and operator of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Church's Chicken, Cinnabon, Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia Coffee, has approved a share repurchase programme of up to US$50m, effective immediately. The open-ended programme will allow the company to repurchase its shares on the open market from time to time in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).