A group of homemakers said Saturday they will protest at government offices because of a shortage of goods that has created a wave of panic buying and put the government at odds with manufacturers.

"There's no coffee, toilet paper or detergent. There hasn't been all week. It's been crazy," said Cesar Rumbos, a supermarket clerk in Caracas.He was describing a wave of panic shopping after a group of companies announced they would no longer be able to supply the market with goods. Many stores simply closed their doors by week's end, unable to stock shelves with items ranging from toothpaste to milk.

The government says manufacturers are storing away goods to pressure it into increasing import subsidies, which have been curtailed.