Oil separation is totally natural. All nuts have oil in them, and while we do process our almond butter in a way that minimizes oil separation (almost to a point of non-existence), certain environmental and shipping conditions can cause oil separation. Believe it or not, driving our product to the East coast over the Rocky Mountains can cause separation because of the altitude. That delivery guy that throws your packages, yep, also causes oil separation. It’s a tricky thing.
The national brand peanut butter doesn’t separate because they use hydrogenated oil to stop separation and all hydrogenated oil contains trans-fats. Trans-fats=bad. Barney Butter almond butter has no trans fats, whatsoever. Enjoy!