ATLANTA  (  AFC Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFCE), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that it has been included among Black Enterprise Magazine’s 40 Best Franchises for African Americans”. The honor recognizes the company’s diversity programs, affordability, revenue potential and marketing/advertising support.

The honor comes at an opportune time as AFC builds upon its existing diversity efforts with an emboldened inclusion strategy, “Roadmap of Opportunity”. To provide leadership and stewardship for the program, AFC has hired Mr. Renay Winston as vice president, Human Resources.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has never wavered,” said Cheryl A. Bachelder, president and CEO. “Both are critical to our growth and success and are key competitive advantages. We are now broadening our initiatives to encompass all of our key stakeholders: employees, franchisees, suppliers and the communities we serve.

Additionally, the Company has engaged two premier diversity and inclusion consulting firms, Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training and Basic Diversity, Inc., to support Mr. Winston in driving the program.

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Corporate Profile

AFC Enterprises, Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, the world’s second-largest quick-service chicken concept based on number of units. As of July 11, 2010, Popeyes had 1,945 operating restaurants in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and 26 foreign countries. AFC’s primary objective is to deliver sales and profits by offering excellent investment opportunities in its Popeyes brand and providing exceptional franchisee support systems and services to its owners. AFC Enterprises can be found at