It is with something more than extreme disappointment that I read the news of Smithfield Foods’ decision to cease production of Esskay Orioles Franks (“Esskay Orioles Franks — a Baltimore mainstay — to disappear soon from Camden Yards, store shelves,” Jan. 22). There are certain brands and products that, over the course of decades, come to encapsulate what it means to grow up in a given locale. They are transportive and transcendent triggers of communal memory. They are, in their own way, institutions. I would, without hesitation, include the Esskay Orioles Frank right alongside Old Bay, National Bohemian, and Utz Potato Chips in the pantheon of brands that have become indelibly imprinted upon the shared palate of Marylanders.