How long ago was lufty working at Buddy's? Maybe they are mixing the 7/11 product with the paste, just a guess...
That is a fair question. No business is static, and one can expect many changes over time in just about any business. And that includes Buddy's Pizza. In that vein, I have read and listened to several reports where key employees of Buddy's discussed changes they were making because of pricing and other economic issues. Detroit is suffering mightily, with reports having surfaced in recent days that Detroit is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy.
I first stumbled across lufty in April of last year in some posts that he had entered at the reddit website about his former job at Buddy's. I found the reddit website through a Google search. At the time, lufty said that he had left Buddy's three years prior. So, measured from today, it was a bit over 4 1/2 years ago that lufty worked at Buddy's.
Shortly after I studied what lufty reported at reddit, I had exchanges with Buddy's where I tried to learn whether Buddy's had made significant changes to the ingredients used to make their pizzas. The cheese and sauce were two such ingredients. Not long ago, in this thread, at Reply 131 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,21559.msg221124/topicseen.html#msg221124
, I reported on the substance of those exchanges. As can be seen from that reply, Buddy's said, among other things, that they had not changed any of their core ingredients for sauces. That was the best I was able to get out of Buddy's. However, I am sure that Norma would be satisfied if she were able to replicate a Buddy's pizza of a few years ago. Such a pizza would most likely be better than the ones that Buddy's is now turning out, at least based on reports I have read from long-time Buddy's fans. However, I could be wrong and Buddy's may still using the same basic products to make today's pizza as it did a few years ago.
This is what lufty specifically said about the Buddy's sauce: "The sauce is tomato paste, water, and seasoning whisked together ahead of time." I don't know whether lufty actually meant a tomato paste or whether he might have meant a crushed tomato or heavy puree or something similar. But, whatever the tomato product was, water was added to it. Hopefully, Norma will report back on the results of today's cloned Buddy's pizzas using the Full Red Pizza Sauce with Basil especially since she has a sample of the Buddy's Original pizza sauce to use for comparison purposes.